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<p>Hello all, I am planning on applying to The Association of Texas Midwives, Midwifery Training Program and it requires finding your own preceptor. The list they have of approved preceptors does not have any in my area (Pearland/Brazoria county), so my question is, how do you go about finding a preceptor on your own? I've emailed a few birth centers around here but none have responded. Do I go in person and ask to speak to a LM/CPM? How did you do it? I'm ready to apply to the program but I need a preceptor before I can, any help is greatly appreciated!</p>
 

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<p>Did you ever find anyone?  Did you apply?  I plan on applying soon but would love to talk to someone about the program. </p>
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@jsnv yes, I applied to the program at the beginning of January. I haven't found a preceptor yet, but they recommend you wait until after the second module to start an apprenticeship anyway. There are a few midwives around here but last time I contacted them, they already had students. Let me know what questions you have about the program, I'd be happy to answer them <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<p>I have been wanting to apply for awhile but would love to talk to someone and have an idea of what to expect. How busy will you be?  Do the preceptors only work with one student at a time?  Do you know anyone else in the program? </p>
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<p>I want to make sure that I'm making a good decision before I jump in.  I have four kids so I need to know what  I'm getting into so I can prepare. <img alt=":)" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style=""></p>
 

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<p><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/71368/jsnv" style="display:inline-block;">@jsnv</a> Where I'm at in the program (still in the first module) it is basically a "work-at-your-own-pace" type of thing. So how busy you are depends on how you study and do your assignments. It is really crucial that you make yourself a schedule to allow yourself time to study..there are due dates of course but how you work is all up to you and it can be stressful at times. There are women in the program that work, are mothers, and still manage to get assignments done (they may be rushing to get them in, but they get them done nonetheless). If you have any questions about assignments or anything you can email the Course Coordinator and she usually responds within 24 hrs. Now, when you find a preceptor and get into an apprenticeship how busy you are <em>then</em>, depends on what your preceptor is like, if she works in a birth center or has her own practice and her client load..if she has a busy practice, then you will most likely be busy as well..and you still have to study and do your bookwork. As far as the preceptor working with more than one student at a time, it all depends on that particular midwife. Every midwife is different. Once you are in the program you join a Yahoo group so that you can connect with the other women..we are all at different stages in the program (some are in module 5, module 8, module 2, etc.) and because of that it's nice to be able to ask questions about how they are managing it or general assignment questions. I personally don't know anyone else studying to become a midwife..the only people I know are in the group.</p>
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<p>Have you looked on the ATM website for info? I went to the FAQ page under program and that helped me figure out how things work and what to do ahead of time (CPR cert., books to order). I personally am not a 'distance-based' learner, I prefer to work in a classroom with a teacher and see things written out and discuss things in class. I'm a very visual, hands-on learner. I knew getting into this program that it would be different for me (I've never taken an "online" class) but, I have managed it okay so far, I think. It can be hard to make yourself sit down and study or read a book for hours at a time for an assignment but it's not impossible. I ultimately chose this program over Maternidad La Luz because I didn't wanna have to move. With this program though, you pay for everything yourself including travel expenses for the workshops (class time) but, this program has a 98% pass rate for the NARM so I think it balances itself out. Anyway sorry for rambling<img alt=":rotflmao" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style=""> lol but, if you have anymore questions, I don't mind answering them  <img alt=":thumb" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style=""> </p>
 

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Thanks!  I have been all over that website many times. My kids are all in school full time so I think that I can handle (hopefully!!) the studying part.   I'm just nervous about life once you start with a preceptor.  I don't know any other student midwives so its comforting to hear about the yahoo group. </p>
 

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<p><span class="huddler-mention"><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/239055/Britt11" style="display:inline-block;">@Britt11</a>  Where did you</span> do your CPR training?  I'm on both the American Heart Association website and Red Cross looking now.  BLS for the Health Care provider at AHA is four hours and CPR/AED for the professional rescuer at RC is 9-5. </p>
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<p>Seems like a big difference.</p>
 
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