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Tip of the Week: Finding a Job

by Cassie Moore, ACNM writer and editor, and Christian Ornburn, CNM If you’re a midwifery student, you may not want to even think about trying to get a job yet, given the state of the US economy. You may be more than happy to put it off until next semester, or next year, or after graduation. After all, the economy might turn around, health care reform might create better prospects, or your perfect gig might serendipitously appear right around the time you graduate. But it’s a good idea sta...

Posted 10/27/2011 2:03:52 PM

Working for a Living: Get What You Want

by Cassie Moore, ACNM writer and editor I love my job. It’s interesting, educational, fulfilling, and my boss is really understanding when my toddler son gets sick—which he often does! But my commute is a huge time sink. I had resigned myself to this fact, until a friend of mine, who also has a young baby and a wonderful but demanding job, did something a little out of the ordinary: she and her husband decided they’d rent out their home for a year and move into a townhouse located right acros...

Posted 10/26/2011 10:36:44 AM

Show Me the Money: Financing Your Midwifery Education

by Cassie Moore, ACNM writer and editor It’s fall, the leaves are blowing off the trees, and midwifery students are back in school juggling books, theory, and integration along with their families, jobs, and other pressing details of life—all of which can leave anyone strapped for cash. As blogger At Your Cervix writes, grad school ain’t cheap. So here’s a little refresher on some options for paying for school or paying back student loans. Contact the financial aid officer at the schools you...

Posted 10/21/2011 8:17:36 AM

Pearls from the First Year: Emotions Are Healthy

by Guest Blogger Aubre Tompkins, CNM As clinicians we are often taught to distance ourselves and camouflage our emotions. I have a strong belief that this distance can be too strictly enforced. Clearly, we must remain objective. Clearly, we must maintain good boundaries. However, to truly be “with woman,” we must on some level be with her, sharing the experience. This leads me to Pearl #3…Emotions are healthy and should be shared. Life, like birth, is a mixture of light and dark. Pregnancy, lab...

Posted 10/19/2011 12:42:22 PM

5 Essential Rules for Midwives

by Jennifer Williams, CNM Right now across the country and the world, student midwives are learning all about this calling we love so very much. Having been a CNM for eight years now, I feel I am in the adolescence of my career. During this time I have learned that there are five rules midwives should carry close and follow as they practice. These rules are not about signs of placental separation, steps for resolving shoulder dystocias, or pearls to estimate fetal size. Those are strategies y...

Posted 10/13/2011 9:40:09 AM

Safer Outcomes…Check!

Tip of the week by Cassie Moore, ACNM writer and editor Sometimes the answers to our big problems are so small and easy, they seem like they couldn’t possibly be the right solutions. If you haven’t already, take a look at this interesting article from The New York Times, The Simplest Health Solutions? It’s Complicated, in which author Abigail Zuger, MD, talks about how the simplest things—like soap!—have made a huge difference in terms of public health. When the ACNM staff recently sat down ...

Posted 10/12/2011 10:16:03 AM

Staying in Shape (when you’ve been up for 24 hours!)

by Cassie Moore, ACNM Writer and Editor Recently, one of our members brought up the point that, after staying up for 24 hours (or longer!) while on call and delivering babies, it’s hard for her to muster the energy it takes to stick with a consistent workout routine. It’s one of those all-too-common side effects of being someone who takes care of other people—it’s hard to make time for yourself, and when you do have time, you don’t necessarily want to spend it huffing and puffing on a treadmi...

Posted 10/6/2011 12:08:28 PM

Teaming Up to Address ACNM’s #1 Challenge

by Cassie Moore, ACNM Writer and Editor I regularly skim articles on Babble to see if they have any information mentioning midwives. Last week, I read Jana Llewellyn’s ultimately uplifting article, My VBAC Success Story. In the story, Jana chronicles her search for a medical provider who will help her get the VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) delivery she’s looking for. Spoiler alert—she ends up delivering her baby with the assistance of a midwife when her other medical providers push he...

Posted 10/4/2011 12:01:15 PM



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