There is more news on the midwifery studies front. I recently decided to attend Sacred Mountain Midwifery School in order to complete my didactic training as a midwife. Over the past five years I have been reading midwifery texts and attending study groups and conferences, but when it was time to plan the completion of the PEP process for my CPM, I realized I wanted a concentrated review of all the skills I need to become a midwife, the things I have been studying on my own for the past few years. I considered several programs and in the end chose Sacred Mountain Midwifery because I wanted extensive hands on experience (that is how I learn) and because I have been attending their yearly Women Helping Women Retreat and really enjoyed the teaching style of the co-founder Dr. Sarita Bennett (Ruth Ann is fabulous as well!). In my search, I realized that I wanted to learn from a midwife who had been practicing for years and years (Sarita has almost thirty years of experience as a midwife) and (since my husband and I still plan to return to West Africa, hopefully Mali or Senegal) I wanted to learn from a midwife who practiced in a rural setting where immediate hospital transport was not always possible. Sacred Mountain Midwifery seemed the perfect choice for me and after my first session there in October, I can hardly WAIT to go back.
Having a baby in May will make things a bit tricky. I will be 38 and 1/2 weeks pregnant when I attend the May session and unless the baby comes early, I will most likely miss the June session. My whole family will come for subsequent sessions and camp so that my husband can grab the baby if he/she is being fussy. But it is a fabulous school and we are committed to working it out. Anyone want to join me? It isn't in the most practical location (a good four an a half hour drive from my house, a good bit winding through the mountains) but the setting is BREATH-TAKING and cell phones don't work (you can receive calls if you are on call and use their phone) which makes my weekends there a retreat as well as a learning experience.