I am so glad I found this section. I checked out the forums at Midwifery Today but they don't seem very active, so hopefully yall can help me out.
I am wanting to start midwifery training very soon and have decided that a distance program along with an apprenticeship is the best route for me. I want to be a homebirth midwife here and also where we do mission work in Africa and Central America. I don't care to do an MEAC school so I am looking into schools that are inexpensive and have a self directed approach to studying. I want a school that provides a solid academic foundation without a lot of busy work or requirements other than completeing modules. I have looked into Midwife To Be, and while almost everything about that school is appealing, I don't think I like being required to do all the projects, like one was showing a video about birth at a local library. I'm not against education and doing things like that, I just don't want to be REQUIRED to do those kinds of things before I can move on and learn about other midwife things. Another school I am looking at is the Midwifery Institute of America. This one seems a lot better to me, has anyone heard of it? I have spoken to the director and she seems great, but I can't seem to find very many testimonials on the school. I also have looked into AAMI, but I have seen lot of mixed reviews and I'd hate to start that and then not like it and be out the $4000ish tuition.
I am also thinking about self study. Is this difficult? Would a structured school prepare me better to take the NARM test? If you are doing or did self study, do you have any recommendations about how to do that in an organized way that prepares for the NARM test? If I do self study, how does that tie into PEP?
I have a midwife here who I am probably going to start an apprenticeship with soon. So do I need to order some kind of check list or sign off sheet? I guess I'm a little confused about how to get started with the PEP and tie it into my schooling and apprenticing.
If someone wants to lay all this out for me and give me some school recommendations that would be great! Thanks!