It has been a busy, busy year for La Rosa Midwifery birth team. I wanted to share some of the projects that I have worked on. One that was the culmination of just about 2 years was the NARM Prep Jumpstart Program, through Californian's for the Advancement of Midwifery. This was a study retreat for people of color only. Us midwives and midwifery supporters worked hard together on the Birth Disparities and Equity Team to bring this program to life and create a learning and nurturing environment for student midwives of color.
I also have been holding multiple gatherings for my clients; such as a fall gathering and Community Walk & Talks.
My practice has had students now for the past 2 years. This has been a wonderful experience of growth and enrichment. Having students is something that is very important to me and to the advancement of midwifery in my opinion. Together we learn and grow, they have been a great reflection for me. Currently my student is Ana Ruiz, who is a dedicated and intuitive birth worker she is from Chino Hills and has been a lovely addition to the La Rosa team.
In this past year I have hosted multiple Skill's Days for my students and other local student midwives. We have gone over things like setting up and administering IV's, suturing skills, basic vitals and newborn exams; all of theses things help to enrich and grow the skills of these students to have and use in practice. We even held an amazing well-person clinic day that was open to the community, where we offered well person exams, paps, STI testing and breast/chest exams at lab cost only, no fee for the exam itself.
I have been an active member on the CALM (California Association of Licensed Midwives) board of directors.
The students Julie and Ana hosted Childbirth education courses, which will be offered again in the new year.
We participated in a photoshoot for CALM and for the advancement of midwifery.
We have all taken multiple Spinning Babies classes and learned so much about body balancing and shifting the paradigm of the cervix centric model for labor and delivery currently. This has helped change the way that we view birth and the approach of our care and practice.
With all of this life has been busy yet fulfilling. We have welcomed many babies earthside and witnessed many mamas be born.
For this upcoming year we have plans of a Newborn Care 101 class, more Childbirth Education courses, workshop for providing culturally inclusive care for LGBTQ families, another Well-Person Day and much more, so stay tuned and connect on the Instagram and Facebook pages.
Intentions for La Rosa Midwifery this next year of 2020 are