I'm a long way from actually being a midwife, but I'm on the CNM path and ultimately desire to serve homebirthing families. You can start with an associate's degree in nursing, and there are several midwifery schools where you can then "bridge" after working for a year as an RN without having a bachelor's in nursing. Be forewarned that if you choose this route, there are enough pre-requisite courses that you will need 1-2 years just to complete them, depending on whether you can go to school full time. PM me for more details if you'd like.
To the original poster,
CNMs are legal in NC, and there are 9 of us (and one OB) through out the state, and hopefully me (as soon as licensed in this state) with homebirth practices, We are scattered from the far eastern parts to the western parts. The newehomebirth CNM practice is mine and I'm near Hickory. I will cover about a 2 hour radius & that includes Charlotte, Winston salem, Asheville, Boone and more.
I have 2 backups (working on another one in Asheville) and one was my informal backup for my daughter, and for many years for my Homebirth Childbirth ed. folks. Acquring backups is getting easier. I had been on the CNM path for a total of 30 years, so do not give up. I am thankful for all my years working as an assistant to a homebirthing CNM in IL, as direct entry, in legal/alegal states, e.g, MA, RI, and TN, and I remain very hands off, and still wildcraft about half of the herbs that I use. I will also looking for an assistant/apprentice/midwifery student. The nursing board is realizing that the state could be friendly to homebirth CNMs and there potential backups, and the CNMs and ACNM are all working to change wording in legislation to "collaborative care", instead of signature of formal backup. In some states it seeems that there CPM licensure/status is always being threatened. CNMs do not have that concern. Also, a benefit is I could move anywhere and I would have very little problem being recognized as legal and trained in a program that is recognized universally. I can also teach, which I did for 2 years (clinicals in nursing school) so I bring a natural and more consumer oriented approach. In fact, where I taught for 2 yrs. until recently, the director of that program specifically searched for homebirth midwives. Since there are more of us now, students are having less problems finding preceptors who have out of hospital practices. Yes, my school is warning me that they'll be calling me to take on students, esp. just as soona s I can afford Malpractic einsurance, which I plan on getting in the summer of 2012. In many nurse-midwifery programs there is at least one instructor who has or had a homebirth practice, and mine had 4 instructors with
homebirth practices. At the program that I went through SUNY @ StonyBrook, You will be required to perform various assignments on homebirthing. The program there encourages students to search for out of hospital mentors. I expect to be swamped with those requests in a few years.
It was in nursing school where I had to jump through a couple hoops that were not related to natural birthing, (my nursing training was back in the mid 80's) but not in the nurse-midwifery program.
I hope my story has given you plenty to consider.
Contact me if you want to discuss more.
Karen Benfield, CNM and owner of BirthTender in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns
If the OB reference is Dr. Hayes I believe he stops practicing in June.
OP, you may find some wisdom by posting in this group as well. Good luck!
I'm trying to get a modearator to send me directions on how to ad a signature, and no one has sent those, yet, although I joined as a supporter 2 days ago, which enables me to advertise on hhere a little by having my credentials, CNM, and name of my Busniess, which is BirthTender. Can anyone provide these directions to me?
Karen Benfield, CNM and owner of BirthTender
And, yes, I heard from a client in Rutherfordton that Dr; Hayes is joining Doctors w/out Borders. All the best to him. I did a 3 week medical mission trip in Mexico in 2003 and thoroughly enjoyed giving care & midwifing without all the political hoopla of the US health care system.
This thread is a little old, but i am also very intrested and in the same boat. Traditional schooling is reamining a bit out of reach for me and well frankly i've had it....I am studying on my own and preparing for CLEP exams to get my basic credits out of the way. I too am unsure as to wich direction id like to take because the CNM route is so lengthy and while that in it's self isnt bad, i do so passionatly want to actually get hands on experience even if it is just being in the room handing over warm blankets. I am a hands on learner and while i love learning i know that the longer i stay in cirriculum and confinds without being able to practice what i am learning I become weighed down by the beuracracy of it all and my studies become a heartache, i dont want that to happem. So really i would like to get advice on good books to read that will be information practicing midwives will appreciate in an aprentice. I want my CNM but more so i want to actively learn and be a valueable asset during the long while I am getting a formal education. Most of all i want to start now, I am past pineing over lost time and bad circumstances, i can do something for other people i know i was made for this and ive got to start working on it now.
I am in eastern NC not far at all from ECU(wich i know is one of the only places in nc to get your CNM training), if anyone is willing to use me or refer me to an 'underground' practicioner, if anyone is in the midwife program and can give me information about books and other materials that are essential in the education process, i would be extremly appreciative.
Thank you so much,