Preparation for Boards
“By time you take all the exams throughout the program, you will
be ready for boards. Don't get me wrong, they weren't easy. But I feel like our
tests, case presentations, seminar room discussions, learning assignments, etc.
definitely prepared me. Trust me, I have friends in other programs and they
envied all of my assignments and tests.”
Why a study midwifery? Why make it your future?
"My first birth: The call came in at 4:15 am that a woman was
at my clinical site and was 7-8 cm. I rushed across town praying hard to my
guardian angels that all would go well and I would make it prior to her
delivery. We doppler monitored throughout the labor (in the rocking chair). She
picked the bed to birth and delivered at 6:52 am a 6lb 10oz little girl. I have
a new appreciation for how many places a midwife's eyes and hands must be, all
at the same moment! Both parents were ecstatic (they have a 9-year-old son at
home) and I felt very appreciated."
-Pamela Madden, CNM Kettering, OH
"My friends say I have been a midwife for many years, in many ways, I have helped birth new programs, change, and community efforts around issues affecting women and children. My life has been a spiral, seeking that place where I could most be used as an instrument for empowerment. There were times in my past when it was a more activist role. Now, I celebrate the ability to work with women, one birth, one life at a time, supporting their knowing, their claiming, their own health. There will be more activist times in the future, I am sure, but now, this is a good place to be, with women.”
"There is something magical about the first time you
intentionally catch a baby. While your hands are busy remembering all the
learning, and feeling for the right pace, the right touch; you marvel at the
honor of being invited to be a part of this miracle of birth and you know,
inside, that this is where you need to be."
-Andrea Christianson, CNM Nerstrand, MN
"Today I facilitated a meeting of my preceptor and the head
nurse of the OB/GYN unit at our hospital. The hospital is starting the process
of privileging CNM's and my preceptor is going to be the test case. It is
fascinating to be in a position of starting at the beginning and watching the
profession grow in my community. Being a student of The Midwifery Institute has
allowed me the opportunity to make a difference and help bring midwifery care
to my patients. This is very exciting."
-Rebekah Pierson, CNM Kennewick, WA
"The day I hang out the sign that reads "LINDA JOHNSTON,
CNM" it will mean giving quality care to women as well as being present
and supportive during one of the most memorable times in their lives. It means
I will have reached a long awaited goal, my hard work and determination will
have paid off. It means I can take time to thank those who have been supportive
and spend time with my family and all the things I'm putting on hold. It means
my daughter will tell others, "my mommy helps mommies have babies".
It means I will hold new life in my hands and watch a mother, father and family
be born. It means I will be able to thank women for all they've done for me by
supporting them in whatever way they need."
-Linda Johnston, CNM Grand Isle, VT