Information for Potential Apprentices and Assistants
When you are ready to start the application process, let me know and I will send you an application. The application process is rather long, because this is a BIG decision and a BIG commitment.
Complete the application, then contact me so we can set up a time to meet.
Requirements before you start working with me:
- The ability to be on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when a client is 36 to 44 weeks pregnant barring any emergencies. Time off should be arranged with me at least 30-60 days in advance whenever possible to minimize the changes in the birth team for the clients, unless there is an emergency.
- A dependable vehicle available to you at all times.
- If you have children, dependable childcare availability is crucial.
- A mobile phone with texting.
- You must observe 3 births with me before being considered a full apprentice.
Thinking About Being a Midwife?
This is taken directly from Carolyn Steiger's book, Becoming a Midwife. I think it is an excellent place to start thinking about things that you may not have considered.
Who will care for your children during the extra-long days of prenatal and postnatal appointments?
What happens if you are called at 3 am? What happens when your husband/partner awakens at 6 am and must not only leave for work, but also get the kids together and off to a sitter?
Does your husband work on evenings, weekends, or holidays? What if you are called then?
What if you are called to a birth and there is no answer when you call your childcare person?
Who will pick up the children after school?
What if your mate leaves for work at 7 am, you are called to a birth at 7:30 am (and the woman has very short labors) and your 5 year old isn't picked up by the school bus until 8:30 am?
It is the night before Halloween, you've left costume making until now. You are called on a long labor and birth. What happens now?
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