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I am at a bit of a cross road in my life. I am moving back to my home town of Council Bluffs Iowa, and have heard nothing but horrible birth stories from that area from my close friends and family. While living out in Oregon I have seen and heard and been witness to some of the most amazing birth experiences out there. I want to bring that home with me. I am currently a doula, and for the last year have been longing to move on to a midwife role. I am in a committed relationship and my partner is 100% behind me in this, but all I have found are online schools that promise an education and then tell me to find my own apprentice ship down the road. So my question or concern is, is the "school" part of it really needed. I am hard working and dedicated and feel really confident that I would be able to do the reading and educating part myself. I also am wanting to attend at the local community college and get an EMT degree to help with emergency training, but want to avoid nurse training. What is the general thought on finding an preceptor to train under? is that realistic or possible with out a book/ school based education first, and if you are an experienced midwife, what do you look for in someone before you take them on as an apprentice? or what can i do to better prepare myself for an apprentice role?<br><br>
And lastly if you are a midwife, or know of any in the Omaha Nebraska, Council Bluffs Iowa area please let me know, I would love to learn more even just in a conversation, networking relationship.
 

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Amy, you might find it helpful to look at Midwifery Today's "Paths to becoming a midwife" to get some ideas about your options.<br><br>
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I will be there early June around the 7th or 8th.
 

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I would try to hook up with the Iowa and/or Nebraska Midwives Association and get to know the midwives there. Whether formal schooling is expected will vary from area to area, and even midwife to midwife.<br><br>
I agree with the PP who recommended Paths to Becoming a Midwife... a great book.
 

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awesome thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Just found this. Might help.<br><br><a href="http://www.meacschools.org/documents/ChartofMidwifery.doc" target="_blank">http://www.meacschools.org/documents...fMidwifery.doc</a>
 

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You can look into being a midwife's assistant as part of your transition. It is a lot of fun and you learn so much.
 

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You should definitely make contact with the <a href="http://www.friendsofiowamidwives.org/" target="_blank">Friends of Iowa Midwives</a>. They are working really hard on getting legal recognition for CPMs and DEMs in Iowa, but we aren't there quite yet. That would be the group to connect with if you want to find a preceptor in Iowa or Nebraska.<br><br>
From what I hear, the whole area west of Des Moines is extremely underserved when it comes to OOH or even low-intervention in-hospital birth options. There are a few midwives working in the Des Moines/central Iowa are, and more in the eastern portion of the state. Gosh, it's too bad you can't do an apprenticeship in Oregon and then come back to the midwest once you have your training and are ready to roll.
 

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I know, you throw a stone out here and you hit a midwife its amazing. I know that the western area is under serviced, that's one of the main reasons I am so excited to come there and offer whatever help i can, as a doula and hopefully someday as a midwife. I am in contact with the FOIM and am actually looking to become the chapter leader in my area (eek super excited) I am thinking I will go with one of the Online classes to get my core work out of the way, from what i am seeing its required.
 

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Amy,<br>
Wow that's good news to hear! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> It is true, the Western area of Iowa is under-served, and Nebraska is even worse off. We don't have a single practicing DEM or CPM in Nebraska currently, due to the A-legal situation here. Have you gotten in touch with Nicole Josselyn yet? She's the only CPM I know of in Western Iowa. She's located in Council Bluffs. You can view her website and get in touch with her here (if you haven't already):<br><a href="http://www.exodushomebirth.com" target="_blank">www.exodushomebirth.com</a><br>
Nicole is a really neat gal, I'm not sure if she's looking for an apprentice or not, but she'd be a good one to network with for sure.<br>
Best Wishes for your success out here....BOY do we need you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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NEgirl, I have spoken with her on a doula /midwife level, but was sad to hear that she is not taking on new clients at the moment.<br><br>
I am working with Friend of Iowa Midwives tho, and it sounds like I will be the chapter leader in Council Bluffs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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So are you here? There is much more to share but would prefer to do it in person. There is a Nebraska doula association meeting in Omaha next week.
 
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