I recently graduated with my BSN. I started nursing school wanting to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. However, I live in Southwest Missouri where midwives do not have hospital privileges and OB/GYN's are not incredibly friendly towards midwives. From what I understand, a CPM can practice independently (doesn't need a Dr. on call) which is starting to sound more and more appealing.
My dream is to have a birthing center, hopefully with several other midwives, and I always just thought it would be easier as a CNM. Many CPM's this area travel LONG distances and I don't want to do that, especially when I have young children. I thought having a "home like" birthing center close to my home would be a good compromise.
I am considering going back to school in the next few years, and just wonder if anyone has any advice? Are there any real benefits to becoming a CNM? Especially in an area that is still learning to accept midwifery & home birth as legitimate and safe?