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When you are called to midwifery,
I feel like it's, at least for me, a
responsibility to leave the profession
better than you found it. " - Chantal Dengah
" My goal was always to be a midwife, " said Dengah, whose kids
excitedly helped keep count of her 50 deliveries during the graduate
program. " It has always been to get to this point. "
'AMAZING' FACULTY OFFER GUIDANCE, SUPPORT
Partly due to pandemic stressors, Dengah, whose undergraduate
years at CU Nursing were loaded with volunteering and
extracurricular activities, decided to ease up on the side work
during her pandemic-cloaked graduate education.
" There were definitely those Indiana Jones moments, where
you are running, and the boulder is coming, and you are like
(lets out a squeal), and you are trying to roll under the door
coming down, " Dengah said, describing her time in the rigorous,
nationally ranked midwifery program, that she called
" well-paced " and " immersive. "
Support from " amazing " faculty and preceptors guided her
under that door every time, she said. " They are so wonderful
and knowledgeable that, even with those moments, I really
felt encouraged and supported, " Dengah said.
She has also put PhD plans on hold to enjoy practicing
midwifery and time with her family. But a reduced pace for
Dengah would feel like warp speed for many people.
GIVING BACK WHILE MOVING FORWARD
During graduate school, Dengah volunteered with the
American College of Nurse-Midwifery and the CU College
of Nursing Alumni Association, mentoring students for the
alumni association's Student Success Committee. She also
served as a teaching assistant in an undergraduate OB/GYN
course for two semesters.
" It was really great, " she said of teaching new nursing students,
noting that the benefits were reciprocal. " I think when
you teach, you learn. Students helped me see some things
from different perspectives, " Dengah said.
" I also really find value in giving back to my community.
When you are building up a robust community around you,
Chantal
Dengah
you are building in this beautiful network
of support for yourself and for others. "
Of course, the pinnacle of her midwife
training was her first delivery. " That birth
was just really beautiful. It was like a way
post, right? It marked a transition into
now practicing the theories that I've been
learning and been wanting to practice for
the past decade. "
LEAVING THE PROFESSION 'BETTER
THAN YOU FOUND IT'
Dengah's post-graduation plans begin
with passing the American Midwifery
Certification Board exam, which she said,
holding up crossed fingers, she hopes
to take in December. " I'm feeling really
good and prepared. We (CU's midwifery
program) have a very high pass rate. "
(The certification rate within one year of
graduation is 97%.)
Once those MS/CNM letters become official
behind her name, Dengah plans to
launch her own birthing brand, starting
with the publication of a cookbook she
worked on during graduate school.
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