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Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
One of my favorite books. This book is so amazing and captivating. I was always on the edge of my seat. This was one of the first books I read about a Black Midwife. It was a story that truly captured my heart and solidified my beliefs in Midwives.  Read an excerpt from the Publisher's here: http://www.moniquemangorains.com/?page=excerpt

This website is perfect for woman who want to learn more about their bodies. This site is also pretty amazing for professionals and students who work with woman.http://www.beautifulcervix.com/welcome/

All My Babies: A Midwife's Own Story - Watch the Documentary Film for Free www.snagfilms.com All My Babies: A Midwife's Own Story - Both educational tool and poetic portrait of a black midwife and childbirth in the Deep South.. Watch free documentaries. Share documentary . Be sure to watch the 15 minute reunion peace featuring the director who filmed this 1952 picture.

I love watching and reading stories of old 'grandmidwives'. Because these wwoman were brown much of their history and service is lost to us. Typically, at that time a white doctor only deleivered white babies. It was necessary to have these grandmidwives to help brown families who were not given equal medical care. Grandmidwives had always been around. They had what they had and they did what they could. Often times, they had this special wisodm and instinct that can and has gotten lost with medicalized training.
What i like about Ms. Mary is she is simple and wise. I find how she dealt with the woman gentle and informative. She was teaching them to be aware and take care of themselves. I find the information useful today. This would be especially useful for young mothers with the increase of teen pregnancy. It is so important for woman to feel empowered and education is power. That is exactly what Ms. Mary did. She was a pioneer for her time.
I saw this blog on cervixes. I was in love. They are so beautiful, weird right? Then i had clarity. If i want to do gynecological work without medical school which is impossible with 4 small kids, I can become a CNM. Certified Nurse Midwife who is a nurse first then, earns a Master's in Midwifery. I can then offer gynecological care and prenatal/postpartum care. Now i have decide and apply for nursing school and committ to two years part time. I still plan on homeschooling. I have to figure out how to juggle while my hubsnad works on the road.

    Certified Nurse Midwife now or wait until my kids are older?

I am and have wanted to for a long time support woman through midwifery. I had four wonderful pregnancies and birth experiences. All my babies were thankfully born at home and nursed very well. We used herbs and homeopathics for any minor illness. My beautiful babies were very healthy and calm. My journey from there became learning everything i could about natural birth and process of it all. It is a forever learning process. I have hhad wonderful professional midwife in my life that i have learned so, much from. I feel destined to be a midwife and often wish it was something that could have been passed down to me. I believe in the ancient ways and how woman supported other woman. This skill was learned from grandmother, mother, or other elders in the community. No bother, i will pass down and share with my children and any woman wanting to listen everything i learn.

Hebrew Midwives

Exd 1:15  And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one [was] Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:

Exd 1:16
  And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see [them] upon the stools; if it [be] a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it [be] a daughter,
then she shall live.

Exd 1:17
  But the midwives feared YHWH, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

Exd 1:18
  And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?

Exd 1:19
  And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women [are] not as the Egyptian women; for they [are] lively, and are delivered ere the
 midwives come in unto them.

Exd 1:20
  Therefore YHWH dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

Exd 1:21
  And it came to pass, because the midwives feared YHWH, that he made them houses.

I have thought about becoming a Doula for a long time. I really have not felt motivated. I have worked as a postpartum doula and i have enjoyed this because, one can control their schedule more with a family. A doula requires time and committment that one would need from their husbands and families that i have not possessed.  I have also worked in a hospital in Childbirth Unit and have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and expereince from working in OR to taking care of infants, and moms in all small capacities. I love to teach about  birth so, it seems if i wanted to start slow childbirth would be more fitting. I already know so much and love talking. Certification is what I would need. I have since began wondering about becoming a midwife assistant. This seems like a good path to becoming a midwife. What i have read is moneywise, a doula would make more money. One thing  i always look for in a program is curriculum and cost.

Here is a Midwifery Assistant Program i found:
The cost is $99 and it seems like it would be a great learning program.

Case Study 1:  Lucy's Labor
The Scenario:
You are called by the midwife at 4 a.m. and asked to check in on Lucy, a primigravida who thinks her labor is starting.  When you arrive at Lucy's home, you observe that she is moaning loudly and swaying with the contractions.  You time the contractions and find them to be about 10 minutes apart, and lasting 20-30 seconds long.  You notice that Lucy seems cheerful and talkative between contractions, and even during contractions, if someone asks her a question, she stops moaning and will answer them in a normal tone of voice.
You listen to the baby's heart tones, and obtain readings of 145 before and after a contraction, and 158 during a contraction. Lucy's blood pressure is 118/71, her pulse is 68, and her temperature is 98.5.
Lucy says she has not had any spotting  and denies spontaneous rupture of membranes (SROM).  She says the contractions began at about 1 a.m., and she called her support team, which consists of her mother, mother-in-law, sister, best friend, and a neighbor who wants to see a birth.  All five women are hovering over Lucy and asking her if she's in pain.  Lucy's mother keeps saying, "I think we should go to the hospital.  She's already in so much pain and the contractions are just going to get closer and stronger!"
References for this assignment:
Spiritual Midwifery (Gaskin)
Heart and Hands (Davis)
Terms to Define:
•Spontaneous rupture of membranes (SROM)
•Primigravida, primipara
•Multigravida, multipara
•Uterine contraction (UC)
•Vital signs
Case Study Objectives:
1. Explain the difference between true and false labor
2. Understand the "emotional signposts" of labor
3. Identify the stages of labor, and signs of each stage
4.Understand how to properly time and document contraction frequency and duration
5.Understand the factors involved in care for the woman with SROM
6.Understand the importance of creating a "safe space" for a laboring woman
7.Identify several supportive measures the birth assistant can take to help a woman in early labor
8.Identify the normal range of the fetal heart rate
9.Identify on a drawing the usual locations for obtaining a fetal heart rate
10.Identify proper technique for obtaining blood pressure and pulse
When you have completed the objectives above, you may proceed to the Learning Activities (visible to enrolled students only).