Becoming a Midwife
Becoming a Midwife
Becoming a Midwife - Training and Development
We are actively involved in the training and development of new midwives. Midwifery is a fast growing profession with much need for midwives to teach and pass on their important skill sets. We may have more than one student involved in the practice at a time becoming a midwife. These students will be in different stages of their training.
The Normal Childbearing Students
These students are in their first clinical placement. They have completed 1.5 years of academic work and are ready to put their learned skills into practice. These students are closely monitored by their supervising midwife and are busy working to master the following skills:
- Prenatal Education and counseling for birth
- Provide labour support to you during childbirth
- Catching/delivering your baby with the help of their supervising mentor until they have mastered this skill and no longer need assistance.
- Clinical skills of taking blood pressures, blood work, palpating pregnant bellies to figure out the correct baby position, vaginal exams, working alongside their mentor to learn about suturing any vaginal tears that occur, IV administration and finding baby's heartbeat.
- Providing key information and education to you in the postpartum period regarding normal baby care and methods of feeding your newborn
- For this placement, they will be absorbing a lot of information and learning about the lives of both midwives and the women we have in care.
Final Placement (8-10 months)
The senior year of the midwifery program consists of 3 separate stages:
1. Consultations and Complications: (C&C)
This placement is the beginning of their final 12 months of clinical work. C&C placement is intended for them to become oriented with this new city, new hospital, and new caseload of women. They will be working hard in these three months to get to know our clients and become integrated into the practice. Please be patient with them while they are learning how Talbot Creek Midwives likes to provide care to you. By this point, they have caught many babies unassisted, and have had experience with most of the clinical skills required to be a midwife. Their mentor will be working alongside them to help them integrate and to become familiar with their learning styles. At this stage they are able to see you in the postpartum course by themselves at certain times. They always report to their supervising midwife immediately after all of their assessments.
2. Maternal and Newborn Pathology:
This placement is where they do most of their learning. They have integrated and usually know our women well. This will make it easier for them to provide care to you. In this placement they are working well in the role as the primary midwife as well as the back-up midwife. They are spending much of this placement learning about complications of pregnancy and birth and how to properly consult with obstetricians for assessments and treatment.
This is the final 4 months of placement prior to graduation. In this placement they are functioning as another midwife in the practice. They conduct births almost solely by themselves with their preceptor in house/hospital to guide them as needed) and they may see you many times in the postpartum period to help you with baby care and breastfeeding/supplementing help as needed.
We encourage you to discuss our students with your midwives. We welcome feedback and understand (as we were students once too) how important it is for you to know exactly what the role of the student entails.
Often our students answer your pages so you may receive a phone call back from them first. Rest assured that they phone their mentor directly and discuss all concerns and advice with us. If we have more information to add, the student or midwife may call you back to discuss this.
Our students work closely with us for a long time so we are generally very aware of their strengths and areas for improvement. We love teaching and thanks to you, we can help our students transition into excellent compassionate and dynamic midwives!
Olivia Marquez - Senior Midwifery Student (May 2021 to April 2022)
My name is Olivia Marquez and I am a senior year midwifery student in the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) at McMaster University. I am thrilled to be completing my placement at Talbot Creek Midwives from May 2021 to April 2022.
Prior to starting the MEP, I worked in public health after completing my BSc in Life Science and MSc in Health and Nutritional Science. While working in public health I became interested in how powerful and impactful midwifery care can be for pregnant people and their babies. Midwifery was a career aspiration I had shelved in my mind early in my education and was finally able to pursue at McMaster University. I am so excited to be joining the Talbot Creek Midwives team and to be able to work with you during this meaningful and important time in your life. It is a privilege to join you through your care!
When I am not working or studying, you can find me just about anywhere outside searching for sunshine, making banana bread, spending time with my partner and family, and daydreaming about the next place I want to travel.