Can anyone shed some light on a couple questions I have pertaining to midwife's jobs? First, do MW's employed by a birth center work "shifts", as in 12hr or 24hrs on, and then when you're off, you're OFF? I keep thinking with home birth, how it's just you to answer ALL the calls, and go solely to ALL the births. I'm trying to figure out which may allow me to strike a balance between work and home life.
Also, I'll begin a midwifery program in January but I'm an RN working per diem (6/12hr shifts per month) in a pediatric ICU- weird, I know. I'd LOVE, of course to work in birth, but I have zero interest in L&D in the hospital. I considered working in postpartum, but I need to stay per diem because that's what allows me the time for school, and without experience they only wanted me as full time.
Since there are no birth centers in my area (St. Louis, but some in the works) my only option to work in birth would be with a home birth midwife. Do midwives pay, or is it usually an unpaid apprenticeship? I just can't see myself in an ICU for the next 3-4 years when my heart is in midwifery.