Originally Posted by BirthLovinMomma
Jen, thank you so much! That was very helpful! I think I have a pretty good idea of the hard work involved in all of this. I am just hoping to get financial reward enough to cover my expenses, including babysitting. We are not in a financial place to be able to lose money...hence why I am not ready for apprenticeship yet but hoping for the mwa position. I think I have a good base of knowledge and am a fast learner when it comes to stuff like this because I love it and have a genuine passion for it. At this point, I am just hoping the mw sees the potential in me that I know I have.
I wanted to mention too, that you need to be VERY clear what you are looking for and make sure the midwife you are wanting to work with understands this too and you're all on the same page.
Many apprentices work as apprentices and assistants all kinda rolled into one.
Many midwives assume that if you want to assist, it's because you want to be a midwife yourself, someday.
If you come to her with little or no skills and experience, she would probably assume you want to apprentice and learn these skills, so you can be an assistant while you're finishing your apprenticeship and/or book learning.
Some midwives do not pay anyone for their assisting... it's just experience gained.
Most midwives do not pay apprentices, unless it's a minimal amount to help with gas money and or supplies/books
Some midwives who may have a busier practice and or make more money will have a permanent assistant that they pay a set amount, and some have assistants who have been with them for years and years and the relationship works for both of them.
Some midwives charge their apprentices to work with them, somewhat like going to school... you pay the instructor and you buy your own books and pay your own expenses.
A lot of midwives I've talked to will pay nothing for the first few births, for apprentice/assistants, and then will pay a minimal amount for births 5-10, and a larger amount per birth as your experience increases.
This helps weed out those who either don't have enough time or money to be serious about it, and rewards those who stick it out for 6months or more.
It's tough, whether you're apprenticing or assisting or both. It is not easy to work, time wise, and it's usually going to cost you more than you'll get paid. You'll probably be buying books and equipment and spending money on gas and food out... unless you're really organized and remember to always pack a lunch and dinner and waterbottles, to save $.
A lot of midwives will require you to be NNR and CPR certified and some want more, like IV/Blood draw, etc. This can set you back a couple hundred $$ easily. The cost in my area for the neonatal resc. was $90, the CPR for the professional rescuer, through Red Cross was $75 plus the book, I think it was around $100 total, and the iv therapy and blood collection classes vary, depending on where you go to get the class, but plan on at least $75.
This is all going to be out of pocket, most likely. I don't know a LOT of midwives, although a few do, that teach these classes, and therefore can offer them to their own apprentices/assistants for free or reduced cost.
I'm certainly not trying to be discouraging, so please don't get down! I'm just trying to be really realistic, so you have lots to think about.
I appreciated those who were real with me, and wish I had gotten even more info... I might have done some things even sooner or differently.