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Thank you so much! I do feel drawn to Frontier, which is strange, because I really don't know as much about it as I'd like!
Another question... I know that I'd eventually like to have a home birth practice, and it seems like Frontier would better prepare me for out-of-hospital practice than OHSU, or any other hospital-based midwifery program. Does that sound right? Do Frontier students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in birth centers and in homes?
I felt drawn to Frontier as well. I just kept coming back to it over and over again. A lot of my classmates had the same experience.
I think a lot of that depends on where you live. If there is a birth center near you (that employs CNM's), then you can definitely do that! Frontier is a very pro-birth center school, so that is an aspect you will learn about a lot. In fact, we are required to attend a birth center conference and put together an actual business plan/proposal to develop our own birth center. Many of our faculty have experience running them, so you will have plenty of mentors and opportunity to learn. Kitty Ernst, who is a founding leader of our school (and a true hero in midwifery in the US and the immediate past-president of the ACNM) is the founder of the American Association of Birth Centers (www.birthcenters.org
). You can't get any better than that!!
You will also probably need to do some time in an office setting, because you have to gain the required GYN/Well-woman care experience. But, you can mix it up and spend time with more than one preceptor. As for homebirths, I think a lot depends on the environment in your home state. Where I live, there are very few (if any) CNM's who do home births, so that really isn't an option for me. I am not really interested in doing home births, so that is ok for me. The cool thing is that we can really make our own experience out of the program.