Hi! I've done a lot of research on CNMs and think it is a career I'd really like to persue! I just have a few questions that I would really like to know the answers to if there is a CNM out there willing to answer them for me! It would help a lot!
Jul 19, '17
Okay I'll try to keep it simple! First I was wondering what level of college education you have to have. Also, do I have to go to women's houses to deliver or can it be in a hospital setting? And was it very difficult for you to find a job? Thank you so much!
Jul 20, '17
I have a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's of science in midwifery.
My first and only job so far was in the hospital setting. I recently moved to another state and am about to start a position where I'll be working both in a hospital and in a freestanding birth center. The majority of midwives in the United States work in hospitals, it's a common misunderstanding that midwives only attend home births.
I was offered a job by one of my clinical sites from school, because I got lucky and they had an opening right around the time I was graduating, and I had done my best to be a student that they would want to hire. Other classmates had a little more difficulty, but all were employed within 6 months (all those who wanted to. I had a couple classmates decide to continue working as staff nurses for various reasons).
The website for the American College of Nurse Midwives is a wealth of information, if you haven't checked it out already. They have a section specifically for prospective students.
Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions. It's an intense, difficult, amazing, rewarding career, but you have to really be invested in it.
Last edit by LibraSunCNM on Jul 20, '17
: Reason: forgot one part
Jul 22, '17
Thank you so much! That helps a lot!
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