Post # 1
Just wondering if there are any other Midwife Bees and if so, where do you work and do you love your job as much as me??
I’m in Australia and so the way our maternity care goes, most women are cared for by midwives in their pregnancy and for their birth, unless there is a complication and then we call the doctors in. This means I get to work quite autonomously with women having normal births and I love that! Catching babies is so much fun and so rewarding. Nothing more amazing than sharing the most significant time in a couple’s life with them. I also love doing postnatal care. We are very pro-breastfeeding where I work and I love helping women with that. When mum and baby both “get it” it’s just amazing. Best job ever, I think!!
I hope there are other Midwife Bees out there!!
Post # 3
@PinkTeapot: No But I love you! We’re in America and we want to go with a midwife…which basically makes us social pariahs. I’m not KU yet, but I’m hoping my doctorw will help me find someone because it’s not easy!
Post # 4
Fellow midwife here. So good to meet you. I work in central Fl (near Disney World). The role of a midwife here runs the spectrum from homebirth to physicians assistant. I do a little bit of it all except home birth in my current practice. I love my job, I actually am getting off a 36 hour call as we speak. 4 babies total. In my current practice my patients need lots of education. These girls are mostly young and wouldn’t initially dare breastfeed, beg for 38 week inductions for every little discomfort and go into labor terrified. I love educating them and seeing them through the process. I enjoy helping “create a mother” as much as deliver a baby.
The mentality is sometimes frustrating and very different from my previous practice but I enjoy it most days, when I’m not exhausted!!!
Post # 5
I applied for midwifery but got wait-listed. So now I’m in nursing instead.
I still might end up a nurse-midwife at some point. I think your job is awesome.
Post # 6
Midwives are illegal in my state. =(
Post # 7
One of my goals is to become a certified nurse midwife! I just graduated nursing school and will be starting on a med-surg floor in January so I still go a ways to go but hope to achieve my dream someday 🙂
Post # 8
@Mars62312: Move to Australia to have your babies and I’ll look after you! Haha.
@Vallegirl913: Whoo! Nice to see a fellow midwife here! Your work sounds very different to mine, though it sounds similar to what midwives here working in the private sector (and therefore, under an OB) deal with.
38 week inductions?? Can they do that? We actually have a state-wide policy for all *public* hospitals (where I work) that stipulates that women can’t be induced prior to 40 weeks unless it is medically indicated, and the doctors take that very seriously. Education is one of my favourite parts too. So important and so satisfying. Do you have kids of your own??
@plum_pudding: @LovelyLee: I hope you two get to be midwives one day – best job ever!
@allyfally: That’s sad. Your health system confuses me
Post # 9
@PinkTeapot: Its very sad and confusing. I had my heart set on a homebirth with a midwife. We dont even have any birthing centers in my city, just hospitals.
And its very common here for women to get inductions at 37 weeks, unfortunately. =/
America kind of sucks when it comes to having babies, in my opinion.
Post # 10
@allyfally: That is totally weird, one of the better known nurse-midwifery programs is in Kentuky, and I know someone who used to practice there. How recent is the law?
OP, I am not a midwife yet, but I plan to be a nurse-midife! In a lot of states in the US, nurse-midwives are the only ones who can practice. Also, soon the degree will be moving to a DNP, which means no new grads will be able to practice with a masters. Our system is a little weird. I currently work in L & D, and am almost done with nursing school. I plan on doing L & D nursing for a couple years and then applying. I worked very hard for a really high GPA, and lots of extra-experience and leadership roles, so I’m crossing my fingers!
Post # 11
@Follydust321: Do you know the name of it? Cause all the stuff I’ve tried to look about midwives here says its an illegal practice.
Post # 12
@Follydust321: “Unlike 24 U.S. states, and most of the developed world, Kentucky has banned midwifery, even for hospital births, which has also negated the option of safe birthing centers for uncomplicated pregnancies. Our legal options include hospital birth with a doctor, or home birth, dangerously unattended. Midwifery for legal home births does exist in Louisville; however, your (very knowledgeable and skilled) midwife would be practicing illegally.”
Quoted from Louisville.com. Written in 2010.
Post # 13
@allyfally: are they making any distinctions between cnm’s and cpm’s?
Googling CNM and KY makes it seem that they can practice. And if this site is accurate, it appears that cnm’s can practice in KY, but KY does not legally allow cpm’s to practice.
Post # 14
@allyfally: Yeah, the Frontier School of Midwifery
This is the information I’ve seen in the past about midwifery in Kentucky, but it is from 2008. The person I know would have worked there in that time period as well, so if there is that change it must be kind of new, which is very sad,
ETA: Just saw that it says only Nurse midwives can practice, and no home births. So I’m guessing that is the issue. Techinically, a CNM could practice in a hospital setting.
Post # 15
In my birth state of TN, lots of midwives will attend you at home or look into birthing with the fabulous Ina May Gaskin at The Farm in one of their birth cottages. I am from there and it’s not too far from parts of KY. Lots of my family have birthed this way and a dear friend of mine just had a delightful VBAC in her kitchen. 8lb 9oz little lady. Fabulous.
Post # 16
@PinkTeapot: Canadian midwife here! In Ontario, we’re primary care providers and work in home and hospital, I think generally quite similar to your model in Australia. I will say that I find my work very rewarding and I generally love it….except in the moments that I don’t 😉 Luckily, the great days outweigh the rough I-date-my-life-am-I-ever-going-to-sleep-again? days. We don’t have ward midwives/shift work here, but when I’ve worked 24 straight hours and took 2 pee breaks the whole time, that is something I would be willing to consider. LOL