Advice on Starting the Journey to Becoming a Midwife
Hello! I am incredibly interested in starting the journey to becoming a midwife, but I'm having a difficult time finding the information I need. I live in Ohio and can't relocate at the moment, so going to a midwifery school isn't really an option right now. I have looked into distance education, but none of them seem to have any student loan options available. I really can't afford to pay such a large sum out of pocket at the moment.
Basically I'm just looking to see what paths other people have taken and get a bit of advice. I've tried contacting area midwives for guidance, but I haven't had much luck yet. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.
I am beginning the process to becoming a certified nurse midwife myself. Right now I am taking the prerequisite classes required for nursing school. Depending on where you are in your education and what type of midwife you are hoping to become, there are different paths (ie certified midwife, nurse midwife, lay midwife). I would suggest starting here: http://www.midwife.org/Midwifery-Education-Programs - this website really clarified things for me. Also, I know that Ohio State has a nurse midwife program through their College of Nursing. Best of luck!
The Midwives College of Utah offers a long distance program that allows you to earn your Associates, Bachelors, or Masters degree in Midwifery. They also offer student loans and Pell Grants through FAFSA. Their website is www.midwifery.edu
There are some great resources out there for learning about midwifery if you dig deep enough. Also note that there are different types of midwifery education paths out there. Research the differences between a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife), a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) and a CM (Certified Midwife). Those designations make a difference. For example, a CPM requires less educational requirements and is nationally certified, but NOT nationally licensed to work in any state they choose like a CNM. A CPM midwife has to be be licensed by each individual state practiced in, but not all 50 states offer a license. It all may sound confusing, but knowing all the basic info will help you determine your personal midwifery path.
Here are some links to help you get started:
American Midwifery Certification Board
American College of Nurse-Midwives
How To Become A Midwife
North American Registry of Midwives
Online Direct Entry Midwifery Programs
Hope this helps. Good luck on your midwife journey!
The program I'm in right now is a Direct Entry (Certified Professional Midwife) Program based out of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. I attend on campus but the rest of our 10 person class comes in via webcam. classes are 2 days a week the first semester and 1 for the remainder. Students are expected to be on campus about 10 days per semester; half for midterms and half for finals. It is very affordable and they offer financial aid!
here is their website, and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. just PM me :D
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