CNM or CPM? Opinions/advice?? - page 3

by BrittK 6,791 Views | 22 Comments

Hello everyone, I'm a student, going to school for my ADN but, I can't decide whether I want to become a CNM or CPM..my ultimate goal is to do home birthing..I REALLY do not want to work in a hospital once I become a midwife (I... Read More


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    exactly! I've decided to do the internship along with a self study to be a CPM, and then an associates rn and then on to frontier, using my CPM as stand in for L&D experience. ... ideally- ha Its really nice to see other people have gone or are trying to go about the same path as I am planning.
    trauerweidchen- if you stay in MN, I'll be back living there in about four years! LOVE these threads by the way. everyone is so helpful!
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    Quote from cjyff
    exactly! I've decided to do the internship along with a self study to be a CPM, and then an associates rn and then on to frontier, using my CPM as stand in for L&D experience. ... ideally- ha Its really nice to see other people have gone or are trying to go about the same path as I am planning.
    trauerweidchen- if you stay in MN, I'll be back living there in about four years! LOVE these threads by the way. everyone is so helpful!
    Neat! I think MN is a good place to practice. Any idea what part of the state you might wind up in? Perhaps we will bump into each other in the future!

    This thread is really helpful, thank you everyone for your thoughts. I am going to an info session about an ADN program tomorrow and will talk to the local university as I consider my options. I am waiting to hear back from the CPM program I have applied to as well. I am just so excited to be on my way, whichever way that is.
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    I struggled with this question a lot, a lot. I eventually decided to do the BSN to CNM route. I just finished my BSN in December and have been accepted to start my CNM program in the fall. I was happy and surprised to find that I actually like nursing and am pretty good at it. Not to mention that being able to work as a RN while going to midwifery school is quite nice. I decided to do the CNM route because I am not connected to a location and having a CPM and possibly moving to an unfriendly bith city/state may be really prohibitive. Additionally, being a homebirth midwife pretty much means being a business owner. And I am hoping that perhaps, some day that may be in a place where I end up having my own birth center or homebirth practice, but it won't be where I begin. Like many aspring midwives I thought I would never want to be in a hospital, and it's not necessarily where I see myself but I can see where having the experience and support starting out could be comforting and really help me establish my own practice and give me the confidence to go out on my own. I also want to maintain the possibility of doing work abroad. Not that having a CPM exculeds you from international work but you know. I think everyone has to decide what is right for themselves. There are so many factors to consider. You'll figure it out.


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