Hi everyone out there wanting to be midwives. We need you. I wanted to interject some points here. First I worked as a direct entry MW for a few years. I am retired now I had kids in the really bad old days when women got knocked out with some anesthesia and then the hugh epis and baby jerked out with the salad spoons. I am also a nurse and when I saw that that routine at my OB rotation,I knew that was not going to happen to me.So in the 60's women kicked and bit to change things. [ We were called hippys cause we didn't do as we were told most of the time]So fast foward to late 80's and I worked in a small hosp.in OB. We had a great Dr. who knew how to care for the women who needed to se a Dr. We did a fine job of letting women birth like adults human beings. They we got the new Dr. who brought with them all the big bag of tricks to make the folks happier,birth no pain and not mess up your hair or makeup,and all births were planned inductions so the babies were born late afternoon. I also taught birthing classes. I retired because I could not tell women that they were powerful and able and born to birth and watch the C/S rate rise to 20% in two years[It is now 10yrs later > 30%]
So by a twist of fate I started helping an Amish mw and she said to me one day. "you are not going to be a midwife someday,you are a midwife." I felt this great ah ha moment. She was right. I knew that I knew when things weren't ok,I knew what to do and I surely wasn't doing these women any harm. The hardest thing was to trust the system. My nurse thing would come around to bite me in the butt occasionally. I still have talks with myself. Some of my talks go"self,why are we doing this? What are we going to learn from it ?. Is it going to change the outcome? Do we need to change the outcome? Does the women and her family want to change the outcome?" A couple times I have thought"what in h*%% am I doing here!!"lol
So ofr me,I could not go to a licensure program. I can not do what I am told like a good girl. and a pox on ACOG,AMA,and any of they -of- them who like to have important sounding initials. Birth is women's work. It is a service/blessing we do with other women. [whew,I know there are some male midwives,and some Dr. who love birth and trust it And I am not putting you down]
If you are planning on being a midwife in your future,read and study with people who know how to trust their body. Lean on the collective knowledge of the millions of women who came before us. I believe midwifery is a calling. Either you is or you ain't..