||[Oct. 9th, 2004|07:17 pm]
Hello, i joined this community because like most of you i am fasinated with pregnancy and birth. im 18 and have no kids, but i have wanted to be a midwife forever, and i want to be a CNM, but i dont know if i can do the nursing part of it, the school and the actual job, i dont know what to do. all i have ever wanted to do is deliver babies, can anyone give me any advice?|
If you don't want to do nursing, you could always look into working as a Certified Professional Midwife or Licensed Midwife.
sorry this entry is SO old, but i have a question.
if you become a certified professional midwife or licensed midwife does it pay as much as a certified nurse midwife?
Simply. When you work in the holistic midwifery profession there is only money when there are babies. In CN miwifery, theres a salary.
Congrats on being so focused at such a young age!
I'm currently trying to find my way in this career, but I do know that it's a good idea to get in touch w/ the doula organizations in your community. These usually offer excellent advice on how to get started, certification classes, ect. You may want to try a google search w/ your town name and the word Doula and see what you come up with.
I took the DONA birth doula class, and found it very informational and a great experience.
An experienced doula told me to "read, read, read," when I spoke to her about advice..this is a great thing to do when you are starting off in this career..I would recommend to read any book you can your hands on about pregnancy/birth/newborn care. There's an excellent book called "The Red Tent," which is a sort of bibilical tale on a midwife (I'm not religious, but this book is really cool).
Also, I recommend "Mothering the Mother," and wow..there's tons more but I'm not remembering them all right now. Check at your local library and see what you can come up with. Also, on DONA.org there's a reading list which may be helpful as well.
Good luck! I would highly recommend some formal education as well, college can be a great experience and will expand your opportunites in the future. Maybe take a few medical or health oriented classes and see where it leads you. Take care -Melissa D.
2005-04-12 02:25 pm (UTC)
There are schools for midwifery.
You dont have to become a nurse if you want to become a midwife. Im studying holistic midwifery through apprenticeship. There are many midwifery schools in the country that cater to licensed midwives who have no desire to be nurses. Seattle midwifery school, Maternidad La Luz in El paso Tx. Check on the internet. You'll find many more.
Good Luck, This country needs more midwives
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