Originally Posted by wlynch4
I'm looking into different midwifery schools/programs and would like some input! I'm a 20 year old young lady who wants to become a midwife but don't know where to start! Should I get some "schooling" first or go straight into an apprenticeship?
Midwifery School of the Rockies looks like a great program (even though it is pricey) but I haven't heard any reviews on the school. Has anyone ever done their program?? It is expensive but only takes about one year to complete. I've seen other schools that are the same price but take up to three years to complete. I've heard a lot of good reviews about AAMI before.
Do you have any healthcare schooling? I only ask because I was also looking at Midwifery School of the Rockies, and a lot of their programs are condensed because they are built for women who already have a background in healthcare/allied health professions. If you look under their "sample plans", there is one for someone with no prior experience and it states that in this case it would take about 3 years for the schooling.
I just mention this so you get an realistic picture. I'm coming from another health care profession and looking at going into midwifery. I'm also close to 40 (yep, I'm old). And even then, I know that this isn't something that you want to rush. Don't worry about an apprenticeship right now -- from what I've been told it's hard to find a preceptor who will take someone who hasn't completed anything. Start with the schooling. You need that background knowledge before jumping into the hands-on (aka: "fun") part of the midwifery.
I agree with the PP, in that you need to look at your learning style when choosing a school. Don't do the online school unless you are a self-motivated and organized person. It's so easy to let the work slip when you don't have someone personally reminding you of and asking you for the work. You're in such a great position with your age to look into an on-campus program where you could do your coursework and clinicals in one place. Or, have you thought about CNM? If you have a high school diploma you could start your BNM course work and then continuing onto a specialty in nurse-midwifery. Even if you have a GED, you could look at going to a community college for you RN and then doing some extra work in an online midwifery (CNM) school.
Finally, if you do want to get in the thick of birth right away, can I suggest training as a labor doula? You can get some birth experience (support during labor and observation) while you complete your schooling for midwifery.
Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you. Just remember (and this comes from someone who continues to change careers), you have all the time in the world to do this. There is no need to rush it. I know you want to just get in there and start, but please believe me when I say that you want to be totally comfortable with that you're doing before diving in. The 2-3 years spent in coursework seems like forever, but will be so beneficial to you when it comes time to attend birth. There is so much more to midwifery that catching the baby!