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But CNM is really bedside nursing - being with a woman while she labors and gives birth is really bedside nursing....
I disagree strongly. Being a CNM is a totally different role than being an L&D nurse. I am a CPM, and I LOVE taking care of women in that role, but I really, really do not like being a bedside nurse, even in L&D. I am back in school to become a CNM.
Anyway, back on topic- OP, there are plenty of schools who will accept you without RN experience as long as you have L&D experience. You can get this by becoming a doula, becoming a certified CBE instructor, etc. I highly recommend getting some serious experience before you make the commitment. It sounds so fun and exciting to catch babies, but it is a LOT of work and the hours are crazy difficult. Being on call is hard. Plus CNM training is not cheap.
Good luck, midwifery is an amazing profession!