I've recently decided to embark on the journey of becoming a CNM. I'm at a crossroads on how to begin. I've missed admissions into the spring semester for classes at my local community college and have to wait until summer to start taking care of my pre-reqs. Until then, I'd like to start a job in the nursing field, more aligned with my newly chosen path. I have only a few months until summer classes start, and I assume it will only take me a year or less to complete my pre-reqs before I am able to attend school for my BSN.
Which would be a more appropriate route? To become a CNA in 4 weeks and begin working in the general nursing field or become a certified Doula in order to gain valuable experience with mothers and midwives?
I understand being a Doula would offer me the most specific experience for becoming a CNM, but I'm thinking certification and experience at actual births would take too long.