Thursday, November 10, 2011

Its Happening! Spread the word and join in the work.

Dear Midwives and Midwifery Students,
We would like to invite you to participate in the process of creating a  Student Bill of Rights. As co-organizers of the Future Midwives Alliance we bring our unique experiences to the table and are looking for others to join us as create these essential documents for the next generation of midwives.

As the Midwives Alliance Student Section Chair for two years I, Janelle, was and continue to be privy to many stories from students regarding the challenges they face. Many of these challenges reflect the instability of a changing profession in an increasingly hostile practicing environment.  Others highlight the need for a more formal code of ethics regarding the student midwife’s role as she pursues midwifery practice.  Still others highlight the need for growth in cultural awareness and humility among preceptors and students.
As an editor of SQUAT Birth Journal I, Jeramie, have become increasingly aware of national and international challenges facing young midwives. A shift in the way we train and foster young midwives in our community is essential. The next generation of midwives, our generation, is ripe and willing to work together towards increased collaboration, creativity, inclusiveness, and cooperation. This has been voiced by many who have reached out to SQUAT as an integral part of their calling to birth work and I have come to believe that this work holds a significant piece of what I have to contribute to my community.

We have formed the Future Midwives Alliance in response to these concerns and needs that have been voiced by members of the midwifery community. As radicalization, engaged democracy, and direct action are gaining momentum around the world the Future Midwives Alliance is a birthing place for this work within the birth community. The ripples of this work will be felt and realized by the birthing m/others we serve and by the aspiring midwives joining our ranks.

If you are interested in this opportunity please review the following information.
If this is a project you would love to work on send your completed application to:
Midwives and Students of color are encouraged to apply.  

See the Application Page above for more details and the application.

Dates and Deadlines:
Applications due back by Nov 20 2011
Review of applications complete by November 25 2011
First Conference call the week of Dec 4 2011

Thank you for your interest. We are excited to hear from wonderful passionate people!
In Solidarty,
Jeramie Peacock & Janelle Lucido-Conate

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