Quote from Vicky003
I need help in choosing between a direct entry midwife and a CNM. I want to be a CPM and then go to school later and become an RN. The autonomy of the job as a CPM is what I like, but not having a steady paycheck and health insurance scares me. After all, I don't want to live paycheck to paycheck. For all you direct entry midwives, would it be hard to make a living as a CPM? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I'm a CPM
of 2.5 years, graduate of a 3-year MEAC school
program and licensed to practice. I am currently applying to any nursing school (ADN/BSN) that will take me in hopes I come out on the other side of 5-6 years as a CNM.
If you're at the beginning of your educational process and will eventually end up a CNM anyway, save yourself the time, money, and energy it would take to do the CPM process and go toward nursing school. The two worlds do not merge when it comes to schooling. The CPM path is happy to have your traditional college education (tried and true) but the CNM path wants nothing to do with the vocational education of a CPM because it isn't standardized. That's a fact, though NARM and MEAC are working hard to do so. At the very minimum while you hash out your decision I would strongly recommend you do all of the prerequisites for nursing school on the community college level (cheaper!), that way you'll have a strong base for CPM education in sciences, speaking, writing, and basic maths and you'll be good to go for nursing school if you change your mind. If you do the basic education the other way around none of it will count on the community/university level. I learned the hard way and had to do it again!
If job security and a paycheck are important to you, being a nurse-midwife is going to open up more opportunity to you than a CPM. Not least of which is having the educational scope of practice to serve more women in more [clinical] settings.
If I had it to do all over again knowing I'd be in this spot now, I'd have gone straight through nursing to midwifery. I'd have been a CNM for 2.5 years now instead of trying to get into school as a CPM! I didn't do myself any favors and it was tough on my family.
I'm happy to answer more questions if you define what advice specifically you're after since I went for what seems obvious to me. Good luck :redpinkhe