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For those who feel the time might never come: Just wanted to reassure you. You won't always have children at home. I was hoping to be actively practicing by the time I was 50(as a CNM). But, single parenthood became a reality, and I switched majors(I went back to school at age 40). Got my AAS and eventual BS in Computer information systems(couldn't support the family while doing RN rotations- they wouldn't let us) so my actual formal education for midwifery didn't even start til I was 50! I have now finished my PEP process for NARM,and am studying to take the exam in Feb. I started on this midwifery road as childbirth educator and doula in 1984! so, it's never too late, but if i had it to do over again, I would do just what I did, homeschool(begun in 1983), homebirth, and when the kids are older and can fend for themselves(or are grown) then do the apprenticeship. I was a single parent from 1986-88, and 1993-2002 as well. ITA with the "seasons of life" comment. Midwifery is doable, while you homeschool, but for me it was most necessary that the kids had safety and security(given my personal situation). I had no family around at all. It will come in time, if it's meant to be...
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