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  1. Hi to everyone!!
    I just registered to this site and the reason for that is that I am a freshman in college but am already thinking of changing my major to nursing so I could become a certified nurse-midwife (which is the one that could practice in all 50 states, right?). I was just wondering what I have to do in order to become a midwife, and also if anyone knows how much the starting pay is. Also, does anyone know of a good mid-wife school in Florida, preferably close to Miami.
    Thank you!
    Last edit by ingui08 on Oct 5, '07
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  3. by   CNM2B
    I'm not a midwife yet, so I can't speak to the salary range (and it's very dependent on where you live). I would start by checking out the website for the 'American College of Nurse Midwives' (www.midwife.org) as they have a TON of useful information and a listing of accredited programs. You are correct, the CNM is licensed and legal in all 50 states and requires a nursing degree. Since you are just starting in nursing, you will also need to have a master's degree (required for entry into practice as a CNM by 2010).
    If you switch your undergrad degree to nursing now, and already know that you want to be a CNM, you can often spend extra clinical hours in L&D and women's health (to get extra experience). I worked as a PCA in the hospital during nursing school, which was great experience. They are usually very good about working around a nursing student's schedule.
    If there are no CNM programs where you live, you can attend one of several distance programs (Frontier is a good school to which many members of this board are applying to---www.midwives.org--there are also other schools, all of which are listed on the ACNM website).
    Good luck and post if you have more questions. Oh, and I would check out the website for Midwifery Today (a magazine that I have been reading and learning a lot from). They also have message boards for future midwives...their site is www.midwiferytoday.com

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