Thursday, June 28, 2012
After Action Report
As you know, last week Sir Knight, Master Hand Grenade and I were pin cushions for Maid Elizabeth and her classmate as they practiced starting I.V.'s for their Advanced EMT course. Well, the practice paid off and I am pleased to announce that Maid Elizabeth is now an Advanced EMT (also known as an EMT-I) and is qualified to intubate and administer intravenous fluids, among other things.
Maid Elizabeth is in the process of trying to finish all of her qualifications to become a CPM (Certified Practical Midwife) and may be heading off to Northern California to complete her training. In order to take her CPM test, she must have attended 20 births (she has attended well over 50), been the primary midwife at 20 births (she has been primary at 17) and have 4 continuities, which means she needs to have conducted prenatal visits, been primary midwife and conducted a post natal exam with the same client (she has had 3 continuities). So close, and yet so far! Without having her CPM she cannot accept clients, but without accepting clients, she can't get her CPM! And so, she has been in touch with a midwife in California that is extraordinarily busy and is in need of an apprentice for a month or six weeks. If she were to work with this midwife, she would be able to finish her requirements and test - finally. I'll keep you posted on her progress.
I am excited for Maid Elizabeth to finish her training, however, I am also somewhat apprehensive. Our healthcare is changing. What was legal yesterday may not be legal tomorrow. When Maid Elizabeth began her training, I thought she would use it to help ladies rediscover the intense, beautiful bond between mother and child. Now, I wonder if perhaps she will use her training to bind the wounds of the remnant and ease the path of the dying.
What have we done....