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post #41 of 58

Hi everyone. I'm a nurse-midwife. I had 4 homebirths myself and love and appreciate my midwives who cared for me in my pregnancies (all happened to be CNM's). For a variety of reasons--mostly kid/lifestyle related and financial, I practice in a hospital. I have regular hours and make a decent living and am able to provide compassionate, midwifery care to my patients. Sometimes I feel like I'm not a 'real' midwife because I work in a pretty medical environment, but I remind myself that there is a season for everything. Now, while my kids are so small, it is more important for me to have regular hours and be home to put them to bed most nights and not miss their birthday parties etc. I dream of having a different kind of practice someday, when my kiddos are older.

 

I did my nursing and midwifery schooling at the University of PA and there were lots of out-of-hospital clinical sites.  I think everyone in my class did at least one clinical rotation in an out-of hospital site. 

post #42 of 58



jgale, women who need to or want to deliver in a hospital deserve midwifery care just as much as women who deliver at home. YOu are a real midwife!.

 

 

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Hi everyone. I'm a nurse-midwife. I had 4 homebirths myself and love and appreciate my midwives who cared for me in my pregnancies (all happened to be CNM's). For a variety of reasons--mostly kid/lifestyle related and financial, I practice in a hospital. I have regular hours and make a decent living and am able to provide compassionate, midwifery care to my patients. Sometimes I feel like I'm not a 'real' midwife because I work in a pretty medical environment, but I remind myself that there is a season for everything. Now, while my kids are so small, it is more important for me to have regular hours and be home to put them to bed most nights and not miss their birthday parties etc. I dream of having a different kind of practice someday, when my kiddos are older.

 

I did my nursing and midwifery schooling at the University of PA and there were lots of out-of-hospital clinical sites.  I think everyone in my class did at least one clinical rotation in an out-of hospital site. 



 

post #43 of 58

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post #44 of 58

Greetings,

I am so grateful I found this thread. I am a single mom of two joyous children. Before journeying into motherhood I was a bartender and waitress. Over the past three years I have been completing school work to get into nursing school and become a nurses assistant. I have two ADN programs that start in September to choose between. I would like to take an online Doula workshop over the summer but can not afford one unless I can come across a scholarship.

 

After spending two years to get my RN I plan on working and taking and online BSN program through State University for a year, or two depending on if I work fulltime or school full time. Since I have a family to support it will probably take me two! Then I hope to work as a travel nurse while completing my MSN through Frontier.

 

I am looking forward to the wisdom and knowledge those of you with experience can share as I delve deeper into my education.

Be well,

 

post #45 of 58



mamayogibear-- Frontier has an ADN-MSN bridge program. After you finish your ADN, you can apply to their program. You have to have 1 year of experience before starting , but not before applying. It will be faster than getting a BSN, then MSN. Their bridge program (which I am doing now) involves one year of classes to "bridge" the fact that you didn't come into it with a BSN already. Its challenging, but do-able.

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Greetings,

I am so grateful I found this thread. I am a single mom of two joyous children. Before journeying into motherhood I was a bartender and waitress. Over the past three years I have been completing school work to get into nursing school and become a nurses assistant. I have two ADN programs that start in September to choose between. I would like to take an online Doula workshop over the summer but can not afford one unless I can come across a scholarship.

 

After spending two years to get my RN I plan on working and taking and online BSN program through State University for a year, or two depending on if I work fulltime or school full time. Since I have a family to support it will probably take me two! Then I hope to work as a travel nurse while completing my MSN through Frontier.

 

I am looking forward to the wisdom and knowledge those of you with experience can share as I delve deeper into my education.

Be well,

 



 

post #46 of 58

hi katie

I'm in northern calif also, an RN in L& D.  Have you moved yet?  I'm also looking at midwife training.  roffs

post #47 of 58

I'd love to join in.  Had intended on pursuing midwifery as a CPM, but have since decided a CNM after much thought and prayer and soul searching....

 

 

http://midwifeology.blogspot.com/

post #48 of 58

Just wanted to say that I just put in my application for Frontier!!! I REALLY hope I get in! It's my dream! smile.gif

post #49 of 58

Wanted to say Congrats to Missolollady & Cinderella on your decisions. It was all quite an experience with many downs & ups. So happy it is over with now. Deciding to go on was a decision with so many angles to consider and my family to consider.  All of My Prayers to you, two.

Karen Benfield, CNM & Owner of BirthTender Midwifery, a soon-coming homebirth, well woman/gy, family planning practice covering roughly a 2 hour radius of Hickory, NC


Edited by BirthTender - 6/4/12 at 3:43pm
post #50 of 58

Thank you so much Karen.  I feel in my heart this is the best decision for me.

post #51 of 58

Are there any mamas here that are single moms and held a part time job while in RN school? I think I will have to work part time at a nursing home while I go to school so that I can afford to live. However I want to make sure I have enough time to spend time with my kids. Should I just max out on student loans and only focus on school or is working, parenting and school all possible? Another thing I am considering is taking a Doula workshop and doing that very part time but I'm not sure if that would be enough income to forgo getting a loan.

post #52 of 58

I'm not single, but I do work as well as go to school full time and I have two children.  My husband works long shifts all of the time (12 hour days) so the kids are my full responsibility.  I'm lucky if he changes a diaper a week because he's so busy.  I am a doula and take 3 clients per month and I also am a pampered chef consultant.  It's hard, and you have to find a balance, but it is possible.

post #53 of 58
Hi, everyone! I have a question: Does anyone know which states allow CNMs to attend homebirths? I am thinking of going the CNM route but I want to have a small practice and do mostly homebirths, or birthing center (depending on where I live).
post #54 of 58
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Originally Posted by kittywitty View Post

Hi, everyone! I have a question: Does anyone know which states allow CNMs to attend homebirths? I am thinking of going the CNM route but I want to have a small practice and do mostly homebirths, or birthing center (depending on where I live).


I know CO and NM do. 

post #55 of 58

I don't know for sure, I want to do the same. I do know that a midwife that I saw during my pregnancy does homebirths and is a  CNM in CA.

post #56 of 58

Kittywitty, 

The ACNM office or their website, of course, which is midwife.org  should be able to inform you of any states where a CNM cannot have a homebirth practice, if there are any. I do recall a CNM out in Nevada telling me back this past spring that she cannot do homebirths in Nevada. The reason/s why, I do not know, it was a brief conversation.

Karen Benfield, CNM & Owner of BirthTender Midwifery, a Homebirth,w ell woman/gyn, family planning practice covering a 2 hour radius of Hickory, NC

post #57 of 58
Thank you. I don't know why I didn't think to look there. I want to move from here when I graduate-or before! And just wanted to keep a lookout for places that are more accommodating/hb-friendly for dh's job search. smile.gif
post #58 of 58
So glad to have found this thread. I graduate in january from RN school. I plan to look into either frontier or shanendoah for CNM. I am so excited to be headed towards my dream.joy.gif
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