Wow. This came from a friend of mine (who I don't see that often) who is a nurse and is aspiring to be a CNM, right after I asked her what made her want to be a CNM instead of a CPM/DEM. I laughed when she said this, thinking she was joking, and then asked her what she meant. She went on to say, and I quote:
"Why not go all the way instead of half way? You can become a Nurse first, it won't kill you to do the extra work."
I then mentioned, still trying to keep this a light conversation since she is generally a nice person, that there are a lot of factors that come into play when women decide how they want to learn and practice, and that there are accredited school and certification that require a lot of hard work from students.
The conversation turned unfriendly when she scoffed at this, and went on to say, "The reason so many people think of Midwives as dangerous is because of the ones learning outside of the hospital."
She had no idea that I'm a Midwifery student now, we didn't get that far into the conversation before I walked away haha
Just needed to vent, this was really unexpected.