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#1 of 8 Old 05-17-2006, 08:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm really having trouble deciding where to go to school. First, I was thinking of going to Birthingway because of the degree, but it's really expensive, Portland is expensive, and I've heard that it takes forever to get enough births because of the amount of midwives in the area. Then I was thinking of Birthwise, but it's in the middle of nowhere and would require up to 2 1/2 hours one-way of travel to get to a birth, plus it's expensive (tourist area) and I'm worried about DH finding a decent job. Now I'm considering Maternidad La Luz's one year program. I know it's going to be incredibly intense, with three 24-hour shifts a week, but it's only a year, I won't have to travel a lot, and it meets the NARM requirements. Also, it's MUCH cheaper than the other programs. Drawbacks include living in TX (I did it for 2 1/2 years, I can handle one more), the amount of time spent away from family, and having to learn Spanish before I go (not a biggie, since I'm going back to school next month anyway and need a foreign language).

Has anyone had any experience with this school, or talked to anyone who's gone there?

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portland's expensive? i know birthingway is, and some housing in portland is, but i think it depends on where you are coming from and what you are anticipating for and what can be expected for work in the area.

and i haven't heard that it takes forever to get births because of the number of midwives here... oregon has one of the highest percentages of homebirths and out of hospital births in the country and that's why so many midwives.

that said, one of the midwives from our first child's birth was at maternidad for a short period of time. she said it's very intense but the number of births in the short amount of time is very educational. she enjoyed her time there.

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Have you considered International school of midwifery?
I had by baby there and I am talking my CBC there for my doula/CBE training>Shari Started Maternidad La Luz too.. The prog here in Miami is VERY intense too.. high number of births. and seems to be VERY educational. and it's only $100 a month.
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It may be only $100 a month, but it's still 3 years and Miami is VERY expensive. I think it would be easier (and certainly cheaper) to do a year in El Paso.

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VERY TRUE!!! Good luck
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You could look into Association of Texas Midwives training program at http://www.texasmidwives.com/ It would be eaiser to do the modules and find a midwife in your area to become a precptor w/ ATM and apprentice under them. The training program is $3000 w/ a $150 application fee. They used to have a payment plan and probably still do.
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The main reason I'm looking at formal schools is that there aren't any midwives where I'm from. Also, I think I would learn better in a school environment. I do appreciate the help, but I'm not really looking for non-school options. I've pretty much decided to go to MLL because of the cost and the short length. I'm just trying to find out what to expect when I get there.

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