August is midwifery advocacy month!
As a student nurse-midwife, I feel a strong desire to advocate for nurse-midwives and the midwifery model of care. Although I’ve been a supporter of midwives for years, this recent journey in my education to become a nurse-midwife has opened my eyes to the lack of awareness and knowledge of the general public towards midwives.
I recently ran in to an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in months and as we were catching up on our kids’ ages and milestones, she asked “So are you still doing that birth thing?”
And I’ll be honest, for a moment I was wondering if she didn’t realize that I had, in fact, delivered my daughter and the lovely, 11 month old cherub was perched on my hip. Surely, I had finished “the birth thing”. Until I realized she was referring to my graduate program to become a nurse-midwife! This woman, with two young kids, still in the prime of her child-bearing years was a little embarrassed to admit that she didn’t know what a midwife was or did outside of an unclear association with childbirth.
This is just one example. Others, upon discovering I’m studying to be a nurse-midwife have offered these responses:
We still have those?, Is that legal?, So you’ll deliver babies at home?, There’s a school for that?, *blank stare*, So that’s like more than one wife? *quickly change the subject*.
Bringing up the word “midwife” rarely fails to offer funny conversation!
Per the American College of Nurse-Midwives, a nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has completed an accredited graduate nurse-midwifery program and passed a national certification examination. Nurse-midwives practice full-range primary care for women from adolescence through menopause including well-woman care, family planning, prenatal care, delivery and postpartum, newborn care for the first 28 days of life and treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections.
The midwifery model of care is about empowering women!
I hope I never tire of explaining what a midwife is and never pass up an opportunity to invite a woman into the care of a midwife. Stay tuned for more great information about what midwives do!
I’m so excited to become a nurse-midwife and hope to use this website as a way to advocate for midwifery care!
Do you see a nurse-midwife? Do you have questions about nurse-midwives?