Frontier Midwifery Advice

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I am thinking about applying to Frontier's Midwifery program, but I am trying to figure out if this is a realistic goal. I have one young child and one on the way. I currently work 24 hours/week in a postpartum/GYN unit. That being said... does anyone know if you should have Labor and Delivery Experience to do this program. The admission director mentioned that some clinical sites won't accept midwifery students unless they have had L&D experience. Has anyone had any trouble with this? I am also concerned about the fact that I have to find my own preceptor. We have a decent amount of practices in my area, but I have never heard of a Frontier midwifery student at any of the practices. Lastly, does anyone know if you can work part-time and care for two children throughout the program including the clinical portion? I have to continue to work a least 24 hours (12 hr shifts)/ week to have my hospital pay for part of my tuition. I am feeling so overwhelmed and excited trying to figure out if I can make this happen. This is my dream and I was so excited to find out about Frontier. I think it is my only hope of advancing my career unless I want to wait 18 more years Any advice would GREATLY be appreciated!!!!

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    Joined: Oct '09; Posts: 11; Likes: 10
    RN- Maternity/GYN
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg, Maternity, Gyn


  3. by   Journey_On
    Hi Leslie,
    Although I am not a Frontier student (yet), I can tell you that Frontier requires at least 1 year of nursing experience - but it does not specify that it needs to be in L&D. But you do bring up a good point about some clinical sites not accepting midwifery students without L&D experience. I sure hope that wherever I do my clinicals, they will be a bit flexible with that, seeing as I am not working in L&D yet.

    From what I have read, I believe there are several mothers of young children doing this program. Hopefully someone who has young children can come along and tell their experience about it.

    You can find a way to make this happen, if it is your dream! I wish you the very best.
  4. by   MadisonsMom
    Hi - I am just finishing up my first term at Frontier. I had many of the same fears starting the program, but the more I talked to the Docs and Midwives I work with (I work on the labor deck at a small community hospital) - I found that Frontier was a well known and pretty well respected program. The history of the school is amazing - you'll learn a lot more of this at Frontier Bound.

    I also have a 2 yo and I work 20 hours a week (Fri and Sat nights), and my husband is finishing up his Masters program, so we are quite busy (DH is gone 7am -8:30 or 9 pm Sunday thru Friday between FT work, school and his internship). I study when my daughter is down for her nap (1-2 hours), after she goes to bed, and once a week one of my cousins comes over to play with her for the evening. I also joined the YMCA and drop her off in child watch for a few hours while I study in the lounge if necessary.

    All in all, I think it is do-able, just takes a bit of creative scheduling and asking for help occasionally. Also, I am currently a PT student, and plan on starting FT after my hubbie finishes his program.

    Good luck in your decision!
  5. by   momof2sweeties
    I am also thinking about applying to the program I work full time in a OB/GYN department. I have to continue working my 12 hour shifts, three a week. I also have 2 young children who mean the world to me. Luckily my husband is very supportive of my decisions. I am just worried about having enough time to do everything. I like Frontier because the main emphasis of the specialty of the school. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on the portfolio portion for admittance?