I met with my midwife and.....

I met with my midwife yesterday to discuss resuming my midwifery studies, as she has another opening for a student midwife. Midwifery is legal in Canada and they actually have a need for midwives in Nova Scotia. However, Illinois is rather hostile to midwives to say the least. Besides my children, the atmosphere here in Illinois is the reason I decided against pursuing midwifery several ago. It is such a huge decision and commitment all the way around. But my husband is home, he's open to me pursuing this since the stuff at home would fall on his shoulders, as would my paper routes....so I am considering it. I just have to let her know if I want to go ahead with studying under her.

I wouldn't attend births until at least August and would start with observing pre-natals first, which is usually only one day a week. My midwife does about 30 births a year. So it would probably take about three years of studying to get all my required skills to become a CPM - Certified Professional Midwife - under NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) standards.

I'll let you know what I decide...

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    06/20/14
    Danielle Keltner
    Good luck!
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      06/20/14
      4Rina
      Amazing! Yes, I live in Canada, and not only is midwifery legal, it is often encouraged. Quite a few of my friends who had low-risk pregnancies used midwives. While I did not, my family doctor is very "natural" and quite anti-intervention unless absolutely necessary, so I got a quasi-midwife experience. So does this mean you are moving to Canada :-)
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      06/20/14
      8Theresa Gould
      It means we are thinking about moving to Canada. :) I lived there for 24 years, Rinna, but have lived in the US for 20. There are so many things to be worked out. If I get my training before we move, it will increase my chances of getting a job right away since there is a need in Nova Scotia.
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        06/20/14
        That is pretty cool! What a great thing to help Moms through childbirth :-)
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          06/20/14
          5Tabitha
          You can come here next time I get pregnant LOL :D What about a midwife-trained doula?
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          06/20/14
          8Theresa Gould
          I have been certified as a doula, but I never got to practice because I ended up deciding I didn't want to leave my little ones. I let my certification expire though. :)
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          06/21/14
          5Tabitha
          ..ok..seriously.. I wish you were closer... The doulas I like around here all seem to get pregnant the same time I do so aren't working because they are expecting their own.
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            06/22/14
            4Julia Dozier
            Go where the opportunities take you! If it's something you really want to do, something you will enjoy, I say go for it, & good luck!
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