Quote from EmmKay
Hi Fellow Birth Junkie,
My restriction is that I need to do a direct entry program as I do not have a nursing degree- so Frontier is not an option for me. If I don't get into a direct entry CNM program like Yale, then I'll have to look at doing a ABSN in Boston where I am based and then figuring out what to do for the CNM portion. I couldn't handle living in NY, esp cost wise as I have a family....
How hard was it for your to find a preceptor for Frontier? They told me I would have to find my own and I'm not even sure I could do that!
Congratulations on being on the way to midwifery!
Hi Emily! How funny, I'm also in Boston! I know exactly what you're talking about. While, yes, CNMs are also nurses, the role of a midwife is very different than the role of a nurse or an NP. In nearly every other country, including Canada and the UK, midwives are only trained in midwifery not nursing too. And to be honest, I think that's a better approach. The skills a nurse brings to midwifery are certainly valid, but I believe the education could be much more streamlined and focused on the information and skills relevant to the profession. A graduate entry program like Yale's is three years. The first year covers general nursing which includes a lot of unnecessary content (to midwifery) like trach care. In the UK and Canada it's three straight years of material specific to midwifery. And I've met plenty of excellent CNMs who wholeheartedly agree.
Anyway, as you probably can tell, I too did not actually want to be a nurse. I chose an ABSN to be followed by the MSN because it was ultimately less expensive. (I did my ABSN at Binghamton U.) I definitely considered Yale but is SO expensive and I've heard they're not generous w aid. Plus, as I said apparently they're also a little light on the clinical experience.
I would have considered doing L&D, but its not really an easy option for new grads. So, Ive applied directly to midwifery school, which is really where I want to be anyway. So in a way, this approach isn't really any different from the GEPN, it just involves the hassle of another app in between.
And I hear you about NY...that's why I turned down the offer from Downstate, I just couldn't stand the idea of living there.
I'm not attending Frontier yet -(fingers crossed) I'd start in May. So I can't say for sure regarding a preceptor. But I spoke with their regional coordinator who felt I wouldn't have a problem. I've heard the areas where students have issues locating a preceptor include rural areas where there aren't enough CNMs (not a issue for Boston) and areas where there is a local CNM program to compete with (also not an issue).
Do you have doula, childbirth educator, or lactation consultant/educator experience? That's the one thing about Frontier. You can apply without nursing experience but have to have other experience in a birth-related field. If not, I would definitely recommend going for one simply because regardless of what you do it will be good experience and will look good on your résumé.
There are other distance options and I believe at least one of them does not require any prior nursing experience. Take a look- http://www.midwife.org/rp/eduprog_options.cfm?id=7
Hopefully this was helpful!