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.