Full Time Staff Midwife

Breath of My Heart Birthplace, a Native led non-profit, is offering an unusual and exciting opportunity for a midwife to help innovate the practice of midwifery through a place-based midwifery initiative in Northern New Mexico.

BMH over the past decade has been leading paradigm shifts around the practice of midwifery. Recognizing that BIPOC, Trans and LGBQ2S+ are significantly underrepresented within the field of Licensed Midwifery and also bear the burden of a colonial legacy that has forcibly separated their communities from the practice of midwifery, the organization has prioritized opening opportunities for that to change.

BMH has done significant groundwork to create an operating birth center and home birth practice in Espanola. The National College of Midwifery has acquired a birth center building and assets to support a place-based midwifery initiative in the neighboring community of Taos. Together, the organizations have committed to ensuring that midwifery in the region is directed by those who hold the place-based ancestral ways of knowing and who can draw on that wisdom to best serve these communities.

Currently, these organizations are collaboratively offering scholarships for a cohort of aspiring midwives who are ancestrally rooted in Indigenous and historical Chicanx communities of Northern New Mexico. These midwives, by sharing lived experience of their communities, will be prepared after graduation to offer culturally matched comprehensive midwifery care. Breath of My Heart Birthplace and the place based midwifery intiative of NCM plan to offer employment for this newly created workforce after graduation.

Change Takes Time!
In the meantime, there is still a lack of culturally matched providers in the area to train this cohort of students while providing respectful and culturally responsive midwifery care to these communities. It will be at least 3-5 years before these graduates will be ready to step up as autonomous midwifery providers. We are seeking a midwife who is willing to relocate to the Espanola area and temporarily serve these communities until these graduates can fill these roles.

Job Summary:

Work as a full time Midwife with a team of Midwives, Birthworkers and Support Staff at Breath of My Heart Birthplace to deliver respectful and culturally responsive midwifery care in rural New Mexico while training students of the National College of Midwifery. Join our mission to center the needs of Indigenous, immigrant, Trans and LGBQ2S+, Young and POC parents in midwifery care while helping to vision and create a place-based midwifery initiative for Northern New Mexico.

BIPOC, queer, Trans and Spanish speaking midwives are highly encouraged to apply!

Minimum Qualifications:
-Eligible to obtain a NM Midwifery License. This is easily obtainable with a CPM certification. Certified Nurse Midwives with out-of-hospital birth experience will also be considered.
-BLS, NRP, IV certified
-Background clearance
-Comfortable practicing in Home and Birth Center settings -Commitment to anti-racism and decolonizing healthcare models -Committed to providing safe and welcoming care to people across the gender spectrum
-Ethical communication skills and a willingness to engage with a team
-Willingness to relocate to Espanola/Taos area
-Proficient in Electronic Medical Records or willing to learn
-Understanding of HIPAA regulations and commitment to the protection of client information
-Excited to train apprentices and other assistants
-Willing to be flexible in team roles and responsibilities and changes in schedule
-Active drivers license and reliable mode of transportation
-Trained in or willing to learn about how to deliver trauma informed and trauma responsive care
-Willingness to train in cultural competency to the region

Job Responsibilities:
-Share call shifts with a midwife team
-Rotating clinical care days including in-home and in-clinic appointments
-Attend births in the birth center and births at home
-Provide continuity of care in transfer situations
-Participate in staff meetings, team projects and organizational visioning and programming
-Participate in social justice training as scheduled
-Supervise, train and provide feedback to students and assistants as a clinical preceptor of the National College of Midwifery
-Maintain professional reputation in community and within social media platforms
-Maintenance and care of the clinical facility

Physical Demands:
-Standing, sitting, stooping, bending, kneeling and reaching
-Moderate lifting including loading and unloading birth equipment and supplies and birth tub set up and tear down
-Sleep deprivation
-Working on a computer for long periods
-Working in low light settings
-Night driving
-Wearing PPE for long periods of time including a face mask, goggles and gloves

To apply please send CV and cover letter to Belin at belin@breathofmyheart.org. Questions about the position can also be directed to Belin.

For best consideration, please apply by August 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the right candidate is hired.

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