At Sunrise Midwifery, we are committed to training new midwives so that more families have access to quality, personalized, and safe maternity care. We value the training of excellent midwives and have committed to having midwifery students participate in our midwifery practice. It is important that current and future midwives be able to care for the ever increasing numbers of homebirth clients. The demand will only grow over the next decade with upcoming changes to health care services and hospital care.
The training of midwifery students differs from that of most medical providers. First, as the client, you DO have the right to decline the attendance of the student during your care. Secondly, midwifery students are acutely aware of the service you provide them by allowing them to be present with you during pregnancy and birth. They are very respectful of your space and person. They also practice many of their clinical skills (such as blood draws, gyn exams, and interviewing) on each other. This sounds minor but it is very important. What comes from this exercise is a greater respect of the other person as the recipient of care AND more self-awareness as the provider.
As a client, you will have the option of allowing students to participate in your care. It is important to communicate your needs to the midwife during this process. Please be understanding and gracious with them. It is difficult becoming a midwife!