Invite professionals in your community to make a presentation to your study group. When I was first studying midwifery and was part of a study group, a pediatrician taught us about newborn exam, jaundice and so on; an obstetrician taught several courses by request, and a nutritionist, an herbalist and practicing senior midwives also advised us. One hint: When professionals first move to town they are especially good resources to tap because they are not overloaded, and you can help them establish their practice by bringing them clients. Don't forget to invite help from other professionals such as lactation consultants, perinatologists, La Leche League leaders, nurses in many specialties, birth assistants, childbirth educators and doctors. Most people will be honored that you asked them.
Reprinted from Midwifery Today E-News (Vol 1 Issue 16, Apr 16, 1999)
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