|View Poll Results: Would you hire a lay midwife to assist your birth?|
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I'm hoping some of you can help me! I've been wondering if a potential DEM could apprentice with a hospital based CNM for a number of her births. I know it says on the PEP page that only 10 of the 40 births have to be out of hospital, so that made me wonder if CNM, in hospitals, would let someone training to be a CPM train with them and if it's even possible. I live in an area where there are no CPM for 3 hours and it would be great if it could work out that way, even if I don't become a CPM, just the training to become a lay midwife would be great. Thanks for any information you can give me!
Are you able to move to somewhere that you can apprentice with a CPM or even a CNM with a homebirth practice?
Attending hospital births isn't going to be good preparation for being a homebirth midwife.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
No, I'm very rooted where I'm at (due to a husband and children). I do intend on taking correspondence courses in midwifery, but I'd like to actually witness a few births, regardless of location, before I go into practice.
I seriously doubt it. They are very differrent routes to go for training, and they have somewhat different philosophies about their training process. Also, a hospital-based CNM would have legal and logistical barriers to such an arrangement. She might be supervised by an OB who is not into DEMs, for example. Can you start out as a doula instead of jumping straight to midwifery studies? You can attend births as a doula without being the person who is responsible for making diagnoses or care decisions, and a doula can work in any birth setting without needing a supervisor or preceptor.
I agree that it's not necessarily good preparation for the more mother centred practices of a homebirth midwife, but experience in hospitals does give a midwife experience in a) a greater number of births (HB midwives typically see fewer births than hospital midwives) and b) experience in dealing with complications which a HB midwife may be less likely to see (as she sees fewer clients and generally lower risk women). At least that's how training is done here.