Educate Young Midwives

Paths to Becoming a MidwifeI believe one of the richest and most fruitful undertakings we can accomplish is to educate and encourage our young midwives. At the Eugene conference this year we had an eleven-year-old and a nine-year-old who are dedicated to becoming midwives. This is an awesome gift to all of us. It tells us that our legacy will go on. Lila, who is eleven, actually found an apprenticeship in Mexico with Naoli! She has known for a long time that she wants to be a midwife. She has read many books already and especially likes, “Where There is no Doctor.”

Lila was a joy to have at the conference, always taking notes and participating like a much older person. I was fascinated by her poise, as she explained her calling to a group of a couple hundred people. I feel so encouraged by Lila and the many, many other young women who are becoming midwives. It is wonderful that we will have passionate midwives to replace us especially if we heed one of Midwifery Today’s mottos: Each One Teach One.

Jan Tritten
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Comments

# blooming9midwife said:

I am a 16 year old aspiring midwife. I knew I wanted to become a midwife one year ago and ever since then I have been reading and studying. I have had many, many questions since I started learning and if it wasn't for the willingness to teach of the other midwives around me I wouldn't know as much as I do today and I want to thank everyone who's given me a helping hand.

Friday, April 10, 2009 12:01 PM
# Generations said:

How interesting! My daughter (age 18) and I are both student midwives and we recently met Lila, having her over to our home to talk midwifery for a few hours. You will be glad to know that she hasn't lost a bit of her passion since you wrote this post. She's a delightful young lady and I hope that one day the three of us will be filling the midwife void in our area.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 9:14 PM