RN to Midwife - page 2

Hi there, I'm a newly graduated RN (baby nurse as i'm often called at the hospital that i work at), who has a passion for all things having to do with birth. I'm currently working on a med-surg... Read More

  1. Visit  blueindigo79 profile page
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    i didn't realize there was a 3 yr gap from when this was originally posted! how funny.
    i'm in a similar situation. I'm an RN, BSN with 5 years of experience (med/surg, tele, little ambulatory surgery) who wanted to go into L&D to see if midwivery was an option. I started working at a big hospital in NYC that was a complete baby factory, so busy. almost every mama got pitocin whether she needed it or not. natural/unmedicated birthing was not really encouraged since it was mandatory to have an IV and constant fetal monitoring in bed. For many reasons, mostly personal, i had to leave 8 weeks into orientation.

    So, I still have a dream of being a midwife but after that experience i'm not sure I want to work in a hospital's L&D unit. What's another way to work in the field? ob/gyn office? where I will be living in the next few months (Austin) has only 1 birthing center and they hire students but not RNs. I would love to enter Frontier in the next year or 2.
    Any advice/suggestions is greatly appreciated!!
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  3. Visit  Barkow profile page
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    Blueindigo-I wouldn't give up on L&D just yet. L&D in the NYC area (and perhaps other major metro areas) is a totally different ballgame than other parts of the country. I just moved back here after working L&D in a rural part of PA where we did mostly midwife deliveries, intermittent monitoring, no elective inductions or sections, few epidurals, etc. Where I work now is the complete opposite and makes me totally ill most of the time. L&D units in Austin might be happier places, so if you do a little research you could be pleasantly surprised and hopefully get more of the experience that you want.
  4. Visit  LoveANurse09 profile page
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    Seeing some things on this thread about L&D units like the one you mentioned scare me too! But I would really like to get into it to see if I could really be a midwife. Then again I've wanted to do L&d since before I entered nursing school so I don't see why I wouldn't like it!
  5. Visit  r0b0tafflicti0n profile page
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    Quote from Barkow
    Blueindigo-I wouldn't give up on L&D just yet. L&D in the NYC area (and perhaps other major metro areas) is a totally different ballgame than other parts of the country. I just moved back here after working L&D in a rural part of PA where we did mostly midwife deliveries, intermittent monitoring, no elective inductions or sections, few epidurals, etc. Where I work now is the complete opposite and makes me totally ill most of the time. L&D units in Austin might be happier places, so if you do a little research you could be pleasantly surprised and hopefully get more of the experience that you want.

    You said you worked in rural PA. . .Is there any progress toward legalizing homebirth at this point?


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