Midwifery Today Issue 123, Autumn 2017 Theme: Midwifery Education Are you considering becoming a midwife or already starting down that path? This issue of Midwifery Today will help you think more deeply about your educational path and options. You’ll find articles on various programs in the US and abroad from some well-known midwifery educators, such as Elizabeth Davis, Vicky Penwell and Deb Puterbaugh. You will also be able to read a great clinical article on first trimester bleeding from Judy Slome Cohain, one on placenta encapsulation by Valerie Coppenrath and a fantastic “Wisdom of the Midwives” column dealing with shoulder dystocia. Issue 123 also includes our first “Doula Corner,” which recognizes another important member of the birth team. Cover photo by Vanessa Mendez (vanessamendezphotography.com). Vanessa has been married for five years and is a mother to two amazing children. She works as a mortgage loan officer by day and birth photographer whenever she gets the chance. Birth photography started as a passion while she worked toward doula certification. Vanessa found her creative eye while capturing amazing moments during labor, birth and postpartum. She serves San Antonio and surrounding areas and has traveled over two hours for births. Pictured: Sometimes Vanessa
Puterbaugh makes the argument that midwives should be the ones to determine the future of midwifery education and puts the call out to organize so that we may have our voices heard.
One of the easiest ways for a student to frame this question is to ask, “What kind of midwife would I want at my birth?” And then, “Is my educational program preparing me to be this kind of midwife?”
In this thoughtful and compelling piece, Midwife MorningStar shares her thoughts on the future of midwifery education.