Future CNMs - page 3

Just thought it would be kind of nice to get a little chat going. I know there are a couple of us who are CNM wannabes buthave worries too. My biggest concern is malpractice insurance. Hopefully... Read More

  1. by   ayndim
    Quote from mitchsmom
    ok, one more. I though you guys might like to see this if you haven't already:

    Best CNM schools - U.S. News and World Report 2004

    1. Oregon Health and Science Univ.
    2. U of Penn
    3. U of Illinois
    4. U of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    5. U of Minnesota at Twin Cities
    6. U of NM
    7. Emory U
    8. U of Washington
    9. UC SF/SF General Hospital
    10. Boston U
    11. U of CO at Denver
    12. Yale

    BTW, Emory has a "Family Nurse-Midwife" that is a CNM/FNP combo... I would love that but I really really doubt we are going to be moving to Atlanta (dh's job field is not easily transferable).
    Great list. I wonder if any are distance learning? Who else will have to do distance learning. Here in AZ there are no nurse-midwife programs. I want to move out of here but not until I get my CNM.
  2. by   ayndim
    Quote from Baby Catcher
    I start Frontier next month. I'm so excited!! I currently work in a hospital based birthing center and it's a great job. I am also a certified childbirth educator. I've been an RN for 11 years with the past 3 in the birthing center. Prior to that I did clinic nursing including pre-natal. Next week I'm going to an ALSO conference (advanced life support in obstetrics). I think it's great timing right before school starts. My advice to future CNMs is to get as much labor and delivery experience as possible. 1 year may be acceptable to schools but it really isn't enough. There is so much to learn and much of it comes from experience.
    How exciting for you. I can't wait until I am at that point. Are you going to continue to work while you are in school?

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :hatparty:
  3. by   mitchsmom
    Great list. I wonder if any are distance learning? Who else will have to do distance learning. Here in AZ there are no nurse-midwife programs. I want to move out of here but not until I get my CNM.
    Frontier and Stonybrook at the only two I have found that are truly distance. On the ACNM website others are listed as distance, but I think that just means they have distance elements, not that you can truly live far away and do it.

    I heard from someone who was doing her PhD dissertation on distance programs that she would go to Stoneybrook if it were her (not sure how much she knew about Frontier, so that's not to say anything bad about them)... I think she went to Stonybrook for part of her research and talked to people there and liked what she saw.

    I would also love to know if there are any others that are fully distance programs.
  4. by   circa68
    No I don't wanna be one, but in the past few years several of my expectant co-workers have used midwife and they totally had the greastest birthing experience- you should just hear them talk. So please pursue your dream all of you-there is a growing need for you--good luck!
  5. by   babynursewannab
    I am graduating in December with my BSN and plan to go to Emory CNM program starting Fall '05. Emory is great! I live here in the area and am currently attending Kennesaw State University.

    I looked at the CNM/FNP program and thought that would be fabulous to get into, but I am currently freaking out at the thought of any "extra" schooling than I have to do to reach my dream. Nursing school has a funny way of doing that to a person.

    I will be attending the new part-time program Emory has (yes, I will be admitted early based on experience...there's a process to go through). It will take 27 months instead of 15 that way, but I get to work full-time that way so I will: 1) Get my full L&D experience, 2) Get those fabulous paychecks that I've been working so hard to get and 3) be working towards my dream of being a midwife...a calling I had after the death of my son to SIDS. His birth was the most incredible moment in my life...that still holds after the birth of my third. Her's is a funny story for another chat.

    So, in my case, I will be getting the whole shebang!
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    Maybe we should all start emailing the schools to find out which are true distance learning programs? (there is always a possiblity that we won't move and I'd like to be prepared) Anyone else with me?
  7. by   mitchsmom
    alyssa,
    that sounds great!! congrats
    it would be awesome if you can keep us posted on your experience too... for us who are waiting to be in your shoes! and for any of us who could possibly move that way and go to emory after all... i really doubt we will but ya never know, actually my dad is the city manager of a small town and hour or so north of atlanta
    still would love to hear how the program is, what you are doing, etc.

    i have found that it is hard to get info and hard to get on any midwife email lists, etc. to feel "in the loop". they all seem to be closed unless you are already a practicing midwife or current cnm student. have you guys found this?

    cnm2b, if you want we could split the list of programs at acnm.org to contact re: distance programs - one of us could email a-l that have the "d" by them, and one m-z. i just probably can't do it until probably at least next friday. just let me know mitchsmom@excite.com ok?
  8. by   ayndim
    Quote from mitchsmom
    alyssa,
    that sounds great!! congrats
    it would be awesome if you can keep us posted on your experience too... for us who are waiting to be in your shoes! and for any of us who could possibly move that way and go to emory after all... i really doubt we will but ya never know, actually my dad is the city manager of a small town and hour or so north of atlanta
    still would love to hear how the program is, what you are doing, etc.

    i have found that it is hard to get info and hard to get on any midwife email lists, etc. to feel "in the loop". they all seem to be closed unless you are already a practicing midwife or current cnm student. have you guys found this?

    cnm2b, if you want we could split the list of programs at acnm.org to contact re: distance programs - one of us could email a-l that have the "d" by them, and one m-z. i just probably can't do it until probably at least next friday. just let me know mitchsmom@excite.com ok?
    i am willing to help find out the distance learning ones. we could divy them up 3 ways. we can probably find the info on the websites too. i can start looking next week too. once we get the info on the programs perhaps we can make it a sticky so that it can be accessed by others in the future.

    i still see my cnm for my yearly exams and i can try to find out from her how to get on the lists. i am seriously thinking about joining acnm even though i am still at least 3 years from starting cnm school. but i have to wait until after our house is built and we are moved in because money will be tight until then.
  9. by   Energizer Bunny
    However you guys want to divide it up is fine with me. I left a note for my midwife when I was at the office last time and I don't think she got it because she isn't one to not respond to me. I really wanted to find out from her (and the other one in the practice) how they went about getting their certification around here or if they traveled away for it or what. I have to go back in two more weeks and might try to catch up with one of them then if I don't have kids with me.
  10. by   mitchsmom
    Sounds even better to split it three ways One of you feel free to email and yell at me if I have a memory lapse (entirely possible!).

    We just have to be careful about the websites calling themselves distance unless they specifically say that you can live far away, find local preceptors, etc. b/c like I was saying before, they may say distance but just mean they have a distance element, or that you could do it from a couple hours away, etc. etc. My program sometimes calls itself distance too but there's no way you could live in another state and do it- clinicals are all within a three county area. You find out how un-distance it is after you apply, get accepted, and start registering - I know... anyway, I'm not bitter :chuckle
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    One of us should draft up a letter that could be sent to each school so that we are clear on what we are asking. What do you think?
  12. by   babynursewannab
    Mitchsmom,

    I live about an hour north of Atlanta. What city does your dad work in?

    I can be hard getting in the loop. Partly because most of those who are not currently CNM's or students are more "interested" than "intent". A lot of specialty areas feel that screening helps keep the associations and societies professional.

    On one hand, I can completely understand that line of thinking. On the other, I think that thought process could easily keep fabulous people from entering the profession due to lack of information or lack of feeling wanted.
  13. by   mitchsmom
    Alyssa, I pm'd you.
    Cheers,
    Anna
    PS...CNM2b & ayndim, if either of you makes a letter for inquiries please pass it on, I'll let you know if I get more than 2 minutes at the time here on the computer to do one

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