Originally Posted by WildDoula
Hey everyone.. I've finally decided to join. I am a birth doula right now, and am now starting my journey to become a midwife!
I think I have decided that I want to be both a LM with my state and a CPM. That seems to be a popular combo around here since the state licensure process requires part of the NARM.
I am currently enrolled in the first module of the Midwife to Be program, though I am thinking I may want to complete another program to supplement. Is this over kill? I don't have an apprenticeship right now, and I don't think I'm ready for that step quite yet, so I'm thinking the extra academics will help. Plus I'll learn from two different teaching styles. Anyone else done this? The second school I'm considering is IHM.
Also toying with the idea of going to community college to get my AS in Nursing. Not sure where that will go though, since I really don't see myself as a CNM.
Hi!! I, like you, just simply can not see myself as a CNM - so I decided to become a CPM/LM. Thankfully, I live in a state that is supportive of midwives and allows legal licensing (south carolina).
I too am in the Midwife To Be program - I live about an hour and a half away from Lisa Aman.
Can I ask why you think you need more training than the MTB program is offering you?? I will say this - It does get harder, much harder. The books become larger, the material more in depth, and the projects much more applicable to hands on midwifery. Since MTB is not MEAC accredited, I can only assume you'll be taking the NARM through the PEP process which is difficult and gives PLENTY of opportunity for hands on learning.
I'm really enjoying this program and finding it extremely thorough!
I highly, highly suggest you go ahead and start looking for a preceptor. I've been apprenticing since I was on Unit 2 of Phase 1.