Great thread idea!
I am a new midwife (practicing for about 1 year now on my own), apprenticed for about 1.5 years, still need to take the CPM exam (long story, but many of my "catches" didn't count and now I need 3 more).
I have help in the form of a very part time secretary and now I have someone interested in apprenticing. I need the help, I am getting busy.
I am also taking a distance course Midwife-to-be with Lisa Altman(not sure if that is her name off the top of my head) to learn more. I am trying to arrange a local study group, but that has not been successful because everyone is so busy and schedules don't mesh.
I have a long history in the medical field: RN, IBCLC, LLLLeader (almost 10 years) nursing instructor at college, doula, breastfeeding counselor.
It's been a long journey, lots of breaks for kids, school, etc. took me 7 years to finish college, thought I would go on to become a CNM. Eventually, I intend to do that more to teach college classroom OB, but for now I like being a "lay" midwife without all the hassles.
I hope to have a partner to work with. I need one, during my apprenticeship several of us worked together and I enjoyed being off call, knowing I could make my kids events, going away for weekend, etc. I don't like being in solo practice with 5 kids! But right now, there is no one else in my area to form a partnership with, although i am lucky enough to have a few midwives who can cover when i absolutely need it, and I do the same for them.