Some members of the class of 2014 were fortunate enough to have placements with midwives here in Hamilton. Shannen was the first to complete her placement and writes about her experience.
What LP did you do?
I did my LP at a Midwife Clinic in Hamilton.
How did you go about contacting and arranging the LP?
Our class had a Registered Midwife as a guest speaker during our obstetrics and gynecology module. I expressed interest in learning more about the profession and she was open to arranging LPs for a couple of the PA students with midwives in the community.
What were the two main things you learned from this LP?
I learned how to palpate a pregnant woman’s abdomen. I also learned how to use a doppler ultrasound.
It was amazing having the hands on experience. The midwives were welcoming and great teachers.
What did you wish could have been different?
During my time at the Midwife Clinic I did not have the opportunity to see a newborn check-up. Mothers and their babies come in for post-partum visits at 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks. It would have been beneficial to see what is done during these visits.
How has this experience helped you clinically, in class and/or in career decision making?
I have a better understanding about what is involved in prenatal care. For example, what a prenatal check-up consists of, documenting prenatal appointments, labs and tests ordered during pregnancy and when they are ordered. Also, I developed a better understanding of midwifery and will be able to educate future patients on their prenatal care options.