I am trying to find out what the most economical way to become a midwife in Tennessee is. Let me say right up front, I'm not trying to "do it cheap." I want a good education, and I want to be sure I comply with the necessary requirements to be certified in my state (Tennessee) and to be a safe and competent midwife. But, as I am sure many people are right now, our family is on a shoestring, and if there is a less-expensive and a more-expensive way to go, I would like to find out that information.
In Tennessee, to be a CPM, the state requires NARM certification. I live not far from Summertown, and I would like to go through some of their courses, but I think some of the distance classes from other institutions might be less expensive. I also have some reservations about spiritual overtones, as I am a committed Christian.
My background: I have a bachelor's degree in journalism. I have been home, raising my children, most of the time since 1985. I homeschooled for 19 years, but my youngest just graduated high school and I am looking for a change in careers. I have helped birth dogs, goats, and other animals. I love babies and have a heart for young women. I have a calm temperament and a strong stomach. Midwifery is something I have been thinking about for quite a while, and now that the kids are flying the nest I am looking at it more seriously.
Does anyone have any advice for me? I am open to any suggestions. TIA.