Non-Female Midwives - page 2

I am a male LVN that is leaning towards Midwifery. Any thoughts?... Read More

  1. by   cindyln
    I say go for it. I work with a male LPN on L&D and he is the best there is. He also teaches a breastfeeding class and it is so much better than when others are teaching it. He is very professional in his duties and the women feel very comfortable with him. If an OB doc can be male why not a midwive. Good for you!!
  2. by   chae
    I am a student TCN with three males in the class.Male students were not allow on the maternity wards but were expected to completethe required course in maternal and child health and present a case study at the end. The road was pave for them by a RN student who refused to complete a required course in Maternal and child health unless he was allowed on the maternity ward including the L&D. The patients concensus was the Drs are male whats the difference.

    Go for it, most women don't mind and if you have a pretty face it's a bonus to have a cute nurse when your at your worst.
  3. by   mark_LD_RN
    Chae, i would have done the same thing it is wrong for them to prevent the males from taking part of the maternity rotation it is even worse to require them to meet all the requirements with out having been there!

    but as far as the cute face i am not sure that matters much,i am to getting to old to be cute. but my patients stil love me
  4. by   jamistlc
    Originally posted by mother/babyRN
    Mid husbands?
    No Mid-Wife means "with women" litterally!
  5. by   marilynmom
    I say yes go for it! I have had a male L&D nurse at my first birth. Yes at first I was surprised (I guess I just assumed all nurses were female when I was younger...lol). But he came and did an assesment on me and actually checkd me down there. He was very nice and professional.

    I mean there are a ton of male OB/GYNs and a lot of women I know preger them over the women for some reason. and if your cute that is just a bonus!! LOL We love cute doctors and nurses!

    Marilyn
  6. by   xueer
    Hi!I am a midwife from china.I believe chinese midwifes are very busy.I have delieved more than a thousand babies.However,I never heard a male midwife before.I think maybe male collage do better than us.

    Do not give up!
  7. by   nursenow
    When I was in school I did not get to actually be present during delivery because the women/husbands did not want a male student present. All except one male in my class had the same experience. We just sat in the hall, answered the phone... That was in Victorville, Calif which is a little on the redneck side and a little behind times(in my opinion)
  8. by   beachmom
    One of our best baby nurses is a man. He doesn't do labor, but he does postpartum, babies, NICU and GYN surgeries.

    It's different than the norm, but people accept him as they would a male doctor. If we know a woman has been sexually abused, usually he won't be assigned to her, especially right after birth.

    If men are being midwives, we might need to change the name. (Like mailmen are now mail carriers. Firemen are now firefighters.) MidWIFE just doesn't seem right. Our doctors and certified midwives are all called "providers." I guess that will have to do.
  9. by   morte
    Quote from beachmom
    One of our best baby nurses is a man. He doesn't do labor, but he does postpartum, babies, NICU and GYN surgeries.

    It's different than the norm, but people accept him as they would a male doctor. If we know a woman has been sexually abused, usually he won't be assigned to her, especially right after birth.

    If men are being midwives, we might need to change the name. (Like mailmen are now mail carriers. Firemen are now firefighters.) MidWIFE just doesn't seem right. Our doctors and certified midwives are all called "providers." I guess that will have to do.
    as was pointed out earlier in the thread mid wife literally means mit=with wife=woman
    and fireman is someone who feeds a fire, firefighter,one who puts a fire out....
  10. by   LDRNMOMMY
    I thought I wanted a female provider to deliver my baby, but then I had an appointment with the male midwife who ended up being on call the night my water broke. He was actually in the room with his lavender oil showing my husband some pressure points to try to stimulate some contractions after my water broke and my body was doing a whole lot of nothing! Thats more than I can say about some of the female "medwives" I have worked with in the past. Some women didn't care for him, but I thought he did a wonderful job.

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