Future CNMs - page 7

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   britann
    Quote from Browneyedgirl
    Aspiring midwife here as well. I've never had a birht with a midwife..but i pretty much forced my OB/GYN into that role with the birht of my 3rd child.

    I'm in southarkansas..where epidurals and stirrups are every laboring mother's friend ( or so they are led to believe) We need options and I plan on making those options available!

    I'm in my junior year of a BSN program...and I'm looking at FRontier, Emory, or Denver for grad school.
    Where are Frontier, Emory, and Denver? Are they online programs?

    From southark as well.
  2. by   JAHJF
    Frontier is in Hyden, KY and distance education www.midwives.org
    Emory is in Atlanta, GA
    Don't know about Denver (maybe CO)?
  3. by   nshelton78
    I start my BSN program at Mercer University in August. I am very excited. This will be my second degree. I am curious about the ECU online midwife option. Can I do that program in Georgia?






    Quote from midwife2b
    I'll be glad to talk to any of you about the program at ECU. I just graduated from it and I am taking my boards in exactly one week.

    ...still tired, still studying, still learning new things every single day...
  4. by   midwife2b
    www.ecu.edu is the school site. I know there is a student now from Virginia; most of the students I know were NC students (and from all over the state). We went to the school at the beginning of each semester for orientation. I bet if you ask they will tell you they will work with you.
  5. by   JAHJF
    I spoke to the Director of the ECU CNM program yesterday and it comes down to classes online, find a proctor for your exams, and they will work w/you on clinicals if you are willing to help set up your own preceptor/clinical site or are willing to travel to an established site. If you are going to set up your own (like w/a CNM in her/his office in your home town) start talking w/them as early as possible and let the school know what you have in the works (b/c they have to get a contract w/the CNM for you to have your hours there).
  6. by   nshelton78
    Thanks so much for the info!

    Quote from JAHJF
    I spoke to the Director of the ECU CNM program yesterday and it comes down to classes online, find a proctor for your exams, and they will work w/you on clinicals if you are willing to help set up your own preceptor/clinical site or are willing to travel to an established site. If you are going to set up your own (like w/a CNM in her/his office in your home town) start talking w/them as early as possible and let the school know what you have in the works (b/c they have to get a contract w/the CNM for you to have your hours there).
  7. by   foxyhill21
    Since you posted this infor back in 2004, have u found out if the demand in tx is worth going out of state to school. I am in the same boat, I have not met many midwives so would like to know should I go to midwive school or get into another area of nursing


    Quote from RN2CNM
    Hello all, I have posted before, but I am a RN on my way to CNM. I am looking into a couple of online programs, but before I apply I want to know if the demand for midwives here in Texas, specifically San Antonio, is big enough for me to pursue this degree. I really don't want to move, so I would like to know if there are any nurse midwives who work in San Antonio or anyone who knows a midwife in SA and what they think about the issue. I really have always wanted to become a CNM and I just don't want to go through all the school and then not have a job when I graduate. Please help. I want to start a CNM program in the Fall 2005, so any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks
  8. by   ftr_bb_catchr
    Quote from midwife2b
    I'll be glad to talk to any of you about the program at ECU. I just graduated from it and I am taking my boards in exactly one week.

    ...still tired, still studying, still learning new things every single day...
    \\

    I'm just curious... I'm a wanna be CNM but I'm still working on my ADN. How long were you a RN before you became a CNM? And how did your boards go? I'd love to hear about your experience with CNM school?
  9. by   midwife2b
    Quote from ftr_bb_catchr
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    I'm just curious... I'm a wanna be CNM but I'm still working on my ADN. How long were you a RN before you became a CNM? And how did your boards go? I'd love to hear about your experience with CNM school?
    It took me a LONG time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up! I have over 25 years of nursing.
    I took my test today and PASSED!! I am still pinching myself!
    I'll be happy to answer any questions you have about school. It was painful at times but I'd do it again in a minute!
  10. by   ftr_bb_catchr
    Quote from midwife2b
    It took me a LONG time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up! I have over 25 years of nursing.
    I took my test today and PASSED!! I am still pinching myself!
    I'll be happy to answer any questions you have about school. It was painful at times but I'd do it again in a minute!

    Congrats on passing your exam!!!

    How long did it take you to finish your CNM education? Do you already know where you are going to practice? I am sooooo excited for you!! Good luck!! Happy baby catching!
  11. by   RNKitty
    Quote from cokegal19
    OK, I have a question. It sounds like most of you have had children already. Did you all do it naturally, or did you get an epidural? I admire those women who can do it naturally, but I just couldn't. I have 1 son, and during my whole pregnancy, I wanted to have natural childbirth, but boy, i was NOT ready for that pain!!! When I watch those shows, it just seems so much more meaningful, and more emotional to do it natural. I plan on waiting until I've got my ASN at least, maybe even my BSN before having any more kids. I don't want to be a "hipocrite" and talk so highly of the midwife, natural childbirth thing, and then be a complete wimp and end up getting an epidrual! Does anyone know what I mean????

    One midwife I know said that doing it natural was doing it without makeup. You can support the woman's choices, as not every woman wants to feel the pain.
  12. by   wannabemw
    Quote from RNKitty
    One midwife I know said that doing it natural was doing it without makeup. You can support the woman's choices, as not every woman wants to feel the pain.
    I nearly fell of my bed laughing.... ... I am not meaning this to be rude.

    In my ideal world, if a woman wants to go natural she will find a CNM or LM that supports her decision, will seek out a Doula & have a loving & supportive partner by her side (HELP I have been influenced by all my natural childbirth friends!).

    All kidding aside, if going natural is what a couple really wants they will educate themselves & surround themselves with others who have the same beliefs (OB's included). AND if for some reason things still don't go the way they planned at least they have the knowledge of knowing that they did their best & it was the will of the baby & God... also the Midwife & DOULA have the knowledge & backing to help the couple as they go through this difficult/joyous time. And believe me, there are women many who go through PPSD because of a bad expreience whether it be hosp/home, OB, CNM or LM. However, the rate of success & satisfaction has shown to be higher with many of the things I mentioned above.
    ~MJ
  13. by   SeekingNur
    Got to page 7 and was so excited I just had to post.

    I've wanted to be a midwife for almost a decade now. I'm 28. I'm pretty radical in my birthing philosophy and pretty crunchy in general ;0). I miscarried my first with a DEM, I went on to deliver two healthy munchkins --who are destroying my livingroom as I type-- with DEMs, and I am pregnant and planning to deliver my third with a DEM. I couldn't imagine delivering anywhere else but at home. My initial interest in midwifery was in going the DEM route. I love all things midwifery, from it's history to the social aspects in how it has changed in this country to the current politics right down to, of course, the power of birth and the right of each woman and family to birth how they choose. Autonomy of the birthing woman is a VERY big deal to me and the primary reason I chose to give birth at home.

    After giving up my dreams of being a midwife, I've chosen to go into nursing. Somehow midwifery began to call me again. My family and I decided to move to a foreign country where I would have to have a CNM in order to practice as a midwife, but midwives therer have the autonomy of DEMs in legal/regulated and alegal states here so that's the route I plan to take.
    Last edit by SeekingNur on Jul 13, '05

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