National Midwifery Week 2015!

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This week marks National Midwifery Week, which is a time where midwives are celebrated and recognized for the care they deliver every day. The American College of Nurse Midwives is using National Midwifery Week 2015 to spread the word about midwives using the Our Moment of Truth campaign and hashtagging #MidwivesMakeADifference on social media.

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Beginnings and Endings

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Andrea Altomaro looks back on Season 4, and how the midwives dealt with difficult topics and their own personal struggles.

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Supporting One Another: Going beyond the Call of Duty

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Andrea Altomaro explains how midwifery is an extremely rewarding and mostly joyful career, but there can be moments of unbearable sorrow. 

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Midwifing the Midwife

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Often, Andrea and her colleagues meet mothers who may find it difficult to trust medical professionals. Because one of the aspects of the midwifery model of care is forming a relationship with their clients, sometimes a midwife is a great fit for these women. 

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Midwifery: The Art of Caring

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One thing that really struck Andrea Altomaro about this week’s episode was how the midwives and Dr. Turner show how much their professions are an enormous part of their lives.

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In Midwifery, There Is No Room for Passing Judgements

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Andrea Altomoro explains that no matter a woman’s background —her age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual identity — it is a midwife’s job to provide safe, compassionate, and quality care.

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A Midwife for the Most Vulnerable

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Andrea Altomaro explores the parallels between the episode’s plot and her modern day practice. Part of midwifery is being available for support, and sometimes simply listening to the struggles that clients may be experiencing. 

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Love and Loss

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See how Andrea Altomaro reacted to a couple's sudden loss in Episode 2. 

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Midwifery Miracles

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The opening scene of the Season 4 Premiere began with fast birth in the back seat of car. Although Modern Day Midwives blogger Andrea Altomaro has yet to catch a baby in the back seat of car, she can attest that the depiction of birth was pretty spot on: at times, it’s unpredictable, it can be messy, but above all, it’s pretty miraculous. 

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Season 2 Wrap-Up

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The end of Season 2 of Call the Midwife did not disappoint! I have to admit, I was holding my breath a little bit, thinking about how the last season of Downton Abbey ended, and was sincerely hoping that there wouldn’t be any tragedies to break my heart while we waited for another season.

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Call the Midwife Reminds Us That Midwifery Is a Calling

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The last few episodes have really made me reflect on my new career as a midwife. Being a midwife was something that I dreamed about since learning about it during nursing school. It was always one of those things that I never thought I’d actually do, or maybe I’d do it “one day” when I was older. A series of events while I was an ER nurse led me on the path to midwifery, and I am so grateful.

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Season 2 Episode 6: Jenny Inspires

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This week is Nurses’ week, and on Call the Midwife we were able to see how much work the midwives do outside the realm of mothers and babies. After all, these midwives were nurses first! I always think it’s so interesting when we get to catch a glimpse of how the midwives are exceptionally skilled in primary care.

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Baby by Choice, Not by Chance

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During my time in Liberia, we stayed in the house of a doctor that was rented out to the organization Africare. There were wonderful members of the Africare staff that were busy working at the house while we were there. We noticed one day that many of them had t-shirts that stated “Baby by Choice, Not by Chance” on the back. We found out that there was a county Contraceptive Day taking place.

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Unconditional Love

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After watching the most recent episode of Call the Midwife, I couldn’t help but think about one of the moms I visit through Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). I first met this young woman, M, at one of her prenatal visits. She was excited to join NFP because she learned that her baby had a birth defect called gastroschisis, which is an opening in the abdominal wall where the intestines can protrude. 

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Real Life or Call the Midwife?

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I love that when I watch every episode of Call the Midwife, I see so many similarities between the show and my life! There aren’t too many medical shows where I can say that. I’m almost always the first to point out something not-quite-right about a medical drama.

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PBS and Detroit Public Television have partnered with experienced midwives to discuss their role in modern obstetrics and how things have changed in relation to Call the Midwife, which takes place in the 1950s and 1960s. Learn More

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