I'm applying for Direct Entry CNM programs to begin next year. I'm about to turn in my application to Yale, and then I am applying to Vanderbilt and University of Illinois - Chicago.
I'm concerned that I am not a competitive candidate solely because i have never seen a live birth. I have seen almost every YouTube birth video available, many documentaries, read over a dozen books, etc. etc. I am positive I know this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. However, I am still relatively young and my friends and I haven't started having kids yet, so I've never actually been "there" for a birth.
I volunteer in the NICU and have very competitive academics (graduated from a top school, above 95% on all GRE subjects) and job references. I want to believe I'm a strong candidate to at least get an interview, but this one part seems to be incredibly lacking and it is making me very nervous.
Any other CNMs get into school without seeing a birth? What sort of experience are they looking for in a Direct Entry program, where I'm probably not "competing" against labor and delivery nurses for a spot?