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Midwifery is something I've always been interested in....my last baby was born at home; I had 2 midwives attend; one was one of my best friends and she is moving back to OR (yay for OR....boo for KS). Is anyone on this board a midwife, or knows of any good correspondence courses? Theres some on the web; but I was wondering if anyone had a personal referral to any. And by the way....any one else here into natural "alternative" methods of healing? I am working on my certificate in reflexology. Working on case studies now. I am taking the course thru Herbal Healer Academy; they had a slew of ads in the last Counytryside; they're real good folks with a bunch of different correspondence courses. Highly recommended!!!!!
-- Beth Weber (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 02, 2000
Contact the Farm Clinic, at The Farm in Summertown, TN. They have a very active midwifery program, have published several books and a either monthly or semi-monthly magazine on it. They have had a number of midwifes train with them and may be able to refer you to someone in your area.
-- Ken S. in TN (email@example.com), September 02, 2000.
Ken is right--even our illustrious government says they are the best midwifes in the world. I don't like their policies but I have to respect excellence in a subject !
-- Joel Rosen (Joel681@webtv.net), September 02, 2000.
Beth, Good for you. I think reflexology is terrific. I can't (and don't want to) do regular medical stuff. The less invasive the better (there are exceptions).
If I had to do it all over again, I'd do the homebirthing. I hear the government/doctors are trying to put a stop to midwifery or regulate it to death. That would be such a terrible shame. Imagine having a baby at home instead of a hospital. Makes you wonder how people managed to get born all those thousands of years.
-- Cindy (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 03, 2000.
Beth, I'm taking the Herbology course through Herbal Healer Academy. I'm really enjoying it and its been very helpful So far, the herbal preparations have been on the mark. My family has had a lot of very bad luck with doctors and since I'm allergic to most medications and as a self-employed person I do not have health insurance, I rely on understanding and being able to heal my own body. I think it has made me more aware of how my body functions and what is and is not good for it. Good luck on your course work. I firmly believe that everyone needs to be responsible for their own health as much as possible.
-- Cheryl Cox (email@example.com), September 03, 2000.
Beth, Give these web sites a try. http:www.midwife.org/
I don't know if they all still work. Good luck.
-- Terri Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 04, 2000.
Beth, I have been doing alot of research on this subject myself. I am a massage therapist/reflexologist now but I want to do more. I am thinking of taking the Seattle Midwifery school's course. It is 2 years, you study 3 weeks at home off the net and then go to the school in New Hampshire or Seattle and do approx. 3 days hands on stuff. There are other distance learning centers(Midwifery Inst. of CA, Oregon School of Midwifery and the Utah college of Midwifery) Right now in your State you could practice but it changes daily. Keep in touch with MANA which is Midwives Alliance Of North America. Web site is MANA.org. Good Luck!!!! If I can afford it I am going too.
-- evelyn Bergdoll (email@example.com), September 04, 2000.
Just a note: You don't have to go to school to be a midwife. Read the MANA requirements carefully. It is possible to do some reading on your own (they give you a list of books), apprenctice with a local midwife and be a CPM. If you need the structure and are not self-motivated, go with one of the midwifery schools. I'm considering studying to be a doula first and a midwife later on when my kids are older. Of course, you will have to check out the laws pertaining to your state to make sure you are "legal" to practice.
-- Diane (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 03, 2001.