The written midterm exam is over and instead of complaining about all the things I don’t know how to do (cue last post) I thought I would summarize all the things I can do confidently now, after only 2 months. Look at me go, little junior midwife!
- I can insert a urinary catheter, alone, with good sterile technique.
- I can take blood like a boss, including from a woman actively labouring on all fours on a hospital bed in a weird position.
- I can do a newborn assessment in no time now.
- I have done one stitch supervised by an obstetrician who teaches how to suture at McMaster, and a complete second degree repair (one stitch only though) on another client. All that knot tying practice in front of Netflix shows paid off!
- I can assess infant vitals and maternal vitals contemporaneously, adequately, without supervision.
- I can interpret this electronic fetal monitoring strip:
- I can deliver a placenta like a boss, and I give a great placenta tour to clients.
- I can administer intramuscular vitamin K and oxytocin injections to baby and mom respectively.
- I can lead almost all post partum and prenatal visits, with little assistance.
- I can deliver a baby in the tub, and all sorts of other positions.
- I can set-up for a home delivery, including emergency equipment.
- I can write a prescription.
- I can do this!