Times are tough. There's no way around that truth. Everyone I know is struggling amidst the coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 is impacting every part of our lives. For pregnant women and families, coronavirus has made an already intense time of life feel more scary and more unknown than it usually is. Many of the beautiful aspects of pregnancy, like planning a baby shower with visiting friends and family or taking maternity photos, are being put on hold or cancelled altogether. If you're feeling down about all this, you're not alone. Every pregnant client of mine has expressed high levels of anxiety over the illness, remorse over the loss of celebration during pregnancy, and general fear around planning to give birth in a place where the virus is most likely to be present-the hospital.
In Orange County, birthing people are already seeing huge shifts in their birth plans due to hospital restrictions and shifting public policies. I thought it would be prudent to help my clients and anyone...
This was an assignment for a recent course that I found particularly helpful. Sussing out how we might react to experiences as student midwives before they happen can help us navigate the hardships that come along with midwifery as a career. I hope sharing this might be helpful to other student midwives and even doulas and birth keepers. We cannot keep others without first addressing what we ourselves need. And this goes beyond surviving, because we want more for our clients and communities than to just survive.
Prompt 1: As a midwife, you should promote to your clients the benefits of self-care, which can be challenging in the best of circumstances. What plans do you have for maintaining a healthy lifestyle myself during this time? Include your plans for routine exercise, healthy eating, proper rest and relaxation, visits to your healthcare providers, spiritual/mental wellbeing.
Scenario two asks the student to identify self-care strategies and plans for maintaining a healthy lifestyle...
Elder Student Project, Part 3: Interview with Bea*
For my interview with a Phase 3 student, I had a 20-minute chat Bea, who has been actively working as a primary midwife under supervision since April of this year. She is currently working at a birth center outside of Orange County, with seven preceptors. Bea attends about half of the 15 births they have each month. I immediately asked about how she juggles working with so many preceptors, because it seems beyond my capacity as a human being at this stage. Bea shared that while it is hard to get to know each preceptor in this model, she absolutely loves learning from so many people. She also pointed out that because there are many voices and opinions, the birth center has strict protocols all must adhere to, which has helped streamline her own learning and allowed her to find her role in this setting a bit easier than previous placements. It was obvious that Bea has quite a fondness for her current clinical placement, as she literally c...
This was a fun project for the Midwifery Assistant Orientation course at Midwives College of Utah. I took this course Summer 2019, so as soon as this list is published it is outdated. The first list is what I have already, some of which goes into my assistant midwife bag. The second list is just some of what I'll need to practice independently as a home birth midwife in Orange County, CA. List adapted from Heart & Hands, 5th Ed.
Elder Student Project, Part 2: Interview with Marian*
For my interview with a Phase 2 student, a student I have never interacted with was kind enough to volunteer. Marian is nearing the end of her assist phase work, having just garnered signatures for her last assistant midwife numbers. She has also finished her year-2 clinic courses at Midwives College of Utah and is beginning to shift into a primary midwife role in prenatal visits. When asked what she is liking most about clinic right now, Marian shared that she is excited to be making real progress in both numbers on paper and in her skill-set. She said it is still a challenge not to be the one making the calls yet with clients and cited this as the biggest drawback of being a clinical assistant to a midwife. She craves the responsibility of being in charge even though she knows she is not quite ready to be independent as a practitioner.