Midwives and students... how hard is it to do both?
I am very very seriously considering going back to university to take the MEP (a 4 year degree here in Ontario), but am just not sure how easily my family will be able to manage a midwifery lifestyle.
Current midwives; does your SO work outside the home? Do you have nannies? How difficult do you find arranging childcare? Just how often are you paged in the middle of a birthday party or other family event, and how difficult has this been on the family?
Here in Ontario 2.5 years of the degree are spent in clinical placement. This will require me to on call and available the entire duration (ie. no part time job or supplementing the family income), and will also require our family to buy and maintain a 2nd vehicle. That will be a big financial adjustment to our family (I currently work f/t and bring home a good chunk of income every month). Are there any students reading that have been there, done that? How did your family handle it?
I know it is possible, as many of midwives have children of their own. I am just trying to get an idea of what I can expect.
Thanks in advance for any/all advice, opinions and stories!