One of the things that is important to me as a midwife is to ensure that midwifery continues on. One way that I do that is by training new midwives. I have almost always had a student midwife, as I enjoy teaching others. Some students stay with me for a little while. Others have gotten to work with for much longer. Each one holds a special place in my heart. Driving many hours to clients’ homes and working long hours together fosters a special closeness. I am really blessed to work with these amazing women.
Melinda Pond was one of my first students. I had to quit working with her when I moved from South Texas to North Texas. She completed her apprenticeship with the help of several other midwives. She now runs New Beginnings Birth Services.
Pamela Brott had started her midwifery training in Missouri. When she moved to Oklahoma, she started doing some of her training with me. She cross trained at Heavenly Hands Birth Center. Pam now runs the Texoma Birth Center. We still assist each other and back each other up on occasion.
Jennifer Atherton came to work with my while my main student was on maternity leave. She was looking for a second midwife to train under to try and get done faster. Jennifer is now the owner of Serenity Midwifery. Jennifer and I still work together on occasion.
I am especially proud of this girl. Ashley Stanton was the first student to work start to finish with me. Ashley recently graduated. I am sad and excited to kick her out of the nest and watch her fly out on her own as Fort Worth Midwifery. Ashley and I plan to continue to work together on an as needed basis.
Are you interested in becoming a student midwife? Are you interested in using a student midwife as your primary midwife under supervision. Contact me for more information.