Are there any midwives, student midwives, or aspiring midwives out there who became/are working on becoming a midwife before having kids of her own?
Did any of you start your CPM midwifery education without first getting some other college degree?
I am 22 years old and am very interested in becoming a CPM...I have completed fours of college but still have two years left in my undergrad...This is because I changed my major twice, married my husband after my junior year, and moved with him from Ohio to San Francisco for his job after my third year of college, which meant I needed to transfer to another school...blah bah blah...it's a bit of a long story....
Anyways, a year a go I decided that I really wanted to become either a doula or lactation consultant, or maybe both. Since you can't get a degree in doulaing or lactation consulting :) lol, I decided I should finish up college in a field that would be relevant to working with women, so I decided to major in human development with a concentration in women's development. I enrolled at a local community college to finish up the GEC's I would need to transfer to the university where I just started my hum dev program last week.
Here's the problem, this summer I have become increasingly interested in becoming a CPM, but, at first, I told myself that I would just continue on with my degree in hum dev and simultaneously work on becoming doula, and then would work on my CPM education after that. But now that I have started school again, I am really wishing that I could work toward becoming a CPM NOW instead of working toward this other degree that I am less interested in...I keeping thinking about how I could transfer over to degree granting MEAC accredited school like the Midwives College of Utah instead.... But since a bachelors of science in midwifery is a bit of an unfamiliar concept here in the states, my husband thinks I should finish the degree in hum dev first. I think he is worried that maybe the BSM from one of the MEAC accredited schools is somehow less legitimate than a typical college degree...
I work really hard in school; I still have a 4.0 after all this time, but this just all means that I am way more stressed out than the typical college student...which is why it bugs me to be spending an extra 2 years in school, if I don't absolutely *have* to...I really have the urge to start working toward exactly what I want NOW....I've been fumbling around for the last four years, and I am tired of it! If I transfered over to MCU and began classes in January, I could be a CPM by the time I am 26/27. My husband and I don't plan on having kids until our early 30s so I could work as a midwife for a good 3-5 years, or even more, without the extra stress of being a mom. I love the idea of being able to solely focus on establishing my practice for a few years before having my own babies...But sometimes I also think that I might be jumping the gun... It might be better to just finish this hum dev degree and gain some experience as a doula. I'm sure the knowledge I would gain from this degree could also be very helpful as a midwife. Maybe I'd find that being on call isn't for me or that I just would rather remain a doula or something...I'm so conflicted...
If anybody has some insight on all of this, I would really appreciate it!
For those of you CPMs who did get a degree before embarking on your CPM education, do you find that that has helped you in getting hired? Do you think people trust you more because of your college degree?
Do people even ask about college degrees, or are they just more interested in how you received your midwifery education?
If you had known that you wanted to become a midwife at a young age, would you have gone for it right way?
Any help would be MUCH appreciated!