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I am still in the early stages of preparation for midwifery schools. I am taking prereqs and researching schools. I am wondering what my options are if I can't find a preceptor in my area. There are several good-looking distance programs, but I would obviously need to have a preceptor for clinical work. I don't want to have to move for more than a few months to finish schooling. Do you know if the intensive, 3-month clinical program at the school in El Paso would fulfill all the clinical requirements for any of the distance learning schools? Any other similar programs you can think of?<br><br>
For those of you in distance programs, have you faced this problem and found a good solution? Also, does anyone have a "qualified preceptor" who is both not legal and not formally trained (the only option in my area)?<br><br><br>
Thanks so much,<br>
L
 

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why are the women in your area not practicing with a license?<br>
have you interviewed them? what is their experience and skill level where were they trained or how did they learn to do what they do? ask to hear birth stories<br>
there are probably tons of other questions but these are some starters - do any of the near by midwives teach classes themselves? I have a big preference for learning midwifery on a local level rather than the quickie places.
 

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There is a good reason that most apprenticeships take 18 months to three years to complete. Could you get all the numbers you need in three months? Maybe. Could you get all the experience you need? My answer is no. I think for women who need it, going to casa or somewhere else to gain a higher volume of experience is a viable option. But I would not want to birth with a midwife who had all of her experience from a high volume birth center in three months.<br><br>
Caring for women during pregnancy and birth is a subtle art and the high volume birth centers aren't able to practice or teach that subtle art simply because of the high volume and because often the women they care for aren't interested in the care of a midwife. You need to train in an environment like what you will practice in. If you're going to have a hombirth practice of mostly middle-class moms, then you need to learn from a midwife who works in a homebirth practice with mostly middle-class moms. Her practice will look nothing like what you get at Casa.<br><br>
I know that's not the answer you wanted. I'm sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Caring for women during pregnancy and birth is a subtle art and the high volume birth centers aren't able to practice or teach that subtle art simply because of the high volume and because often the women they care for aren't interested in the care of a midwife. You need to train in an environment like what you will practice in. If you're going to have a hombirth practice of mostly middle-class moms, then you need to learn from a midwife who works in a homebirth practice with mostly middle-class moms. Her practice will look nothing like what you get at Casa. I know that's not the answer you wanted. I'm sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">.</div>
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nak<br><br>
no, these are responses I want to hear <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I do plan to apprentice locally; I also want to go throuch a certified program. I don't like lots of things about high volume border birth centers, but it might be an option for me if local midwifes cannot qualify as preceptors.<br><br>
I live in probably the worst state regarding mw and hb laws - our "local" midwifes aren't even in my state. I'm really trying to understand what my options are. I'd love to hear from anyone studying somewhere where direct-entry midwifery and/or homebirth is not legal. PM me!<br><br>
Thanks again,<br>
-L
 
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