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Background: My family and I are moving from ID to SD to move closer to relatives such as Grandmas & Grandpas .....<br>
I found a midwife online who I would loooveee to apprentice under **so she's on my list, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">** however she is over 3 hours from where I am going to live...<br>
So I was just curious and wondering how far you travel to apprentice and if you moved closer to your Preceptor to close the gap . . . or did you just grit your teeth and drive?<br>
thanks, lot's of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> ~Joy
 

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I drove about 25 miles to one of my preceptors and the other was 55 miles. I cannot imagine an apprenticeship working out well if you had to drive 3 hours.... depending especially on where her clients are (it could work if the clients are more in the middle).
 

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I have 2. main one is 20 miles the other one is 45 miles. I can't see 3 hours working. 80% of our moms would have had their baby by then. It would also be so much additional time away from my family. Might work for you though.
 

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thanks--- see that's what I thought....... I couldn't find a single way it would work .... since I am currently single (not gonna be a midwife until I experience birth firsthand <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">) I was thinking of just moving to the same city as mentioned midwife *if she accepts me as an apprentice/and if we hit of really well) ... so that's probably what I might end up doing because most of the MN midwife's I really admire are around St. Paul . . . .<br>
thanks!<br>
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I agree that it would be a LOT of extra time away from your family. My apprenticeship was 1.5 hours from my home and it worked, but I did miss births. And every time I drove there, I was away from home for an extra 3 hours over anyone else just because of my drive. With gas prices now...I don't know how I'd do 1.5 hours again, much less three hours.
 

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I am at the tail end of an apprenticeship with a midwife who lives 3 hours away... most of her clients are 1.5-2.5 hours from me. The most difficult part is sometimes missing a birth, and the fact that a simple 3 day postpartum and NBS takes 5 hours just to do that one appt.<br><br>
I have been soooo enjoying my local clients!
 
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