The skills of nursing and the skills of a midwife do overlap somewhat, and I can see where having some nursing experience may make me a better CNM. I think being very open to learning from fellow nurses and other midwives and NPs will also help me gain skills and be a better practitioner. I want to clarify that in order to get in to one of these programs, you have to have:
1. Life, work, and volunteer experience that shows that you are able to work with people in a clinical setting and are devoted to direct service.
2. Great grades in Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Human growth and development, Statistics, and sometimes a few others.
3. A bachelors degree (many applicants have degrees in social work, psychology, public health, woman's studies, or other subjects that make for well-rounded NPs)
So, I do believe that I can have the basis for being a great CNM after 2.5 years of intensive (no breaks, through the summers) training.
What does worry me is the feasibility of finding my first CNM position. Does anybody have any feedback on finding employment without working as an RN first?
Thanks for all of the comments!