Hello! I am hoping for some feedback and/or opinions, or personal stories of the best path to CNM.
I guess, I will start with my background. I'm in my early 30's and I've taken college courses on and off here and there during my adult years, but I never knew "what I wanted to be when I grew up." I had a lot of interests and I dabbled in a few different areas.
The process and options of birth became forefront on my brain when I became pregnant with my first child back in 2008. Shortly after she was born I became involved in a local non-profit evidence-based care birth advocacy group. I was planning a homebirth with my second child in 2010, but I developed pre-ecplampsia early in my third tri-mester and was put on hospital bedrest. My pre-eclampsia ended up turning to severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome and I had to have my son at 33 weeks. He's a champ now. :-)
Anyway, in the background of having my children, I also left my abusive husband when I was pregnant with our second. After my son's birth is when I began rebuilding myself and my self-esteem, and I finally went back to taking college classes again last year. My ex would not let me attend classes while we were married.
In the past year it really hit me how much I wanted to be a midwife. I have been involved in the birth community by advocacy and various fundraising and awareness events. And after my son's birth I knew one day I had really wanted to become a doula, especially to be a support person to single moms, and/or moms facing high risk pregnancies.
I had taken many career tests, still tryign to figure out what degree I was working towards, and midwife or nurse came up often. But I had still doubted myself. Well, after getting my back bone again and getting a few A's in school, I realized I could do anything I put my mind to doing. I realized if money and time were of no importance, my answer remained the same, I'd want to be a midwife and I'd love to open a birth center.
So here I am. Working on my pre-reqs to get into nursing school. I have done a lot of research and talked to various advisors and what I'm currently doing is working on my prereqs and gen ed studies at the local community college, and then I plan on transferring to a University to complete a BSN. After that, I hope to get into the midwifery program at the University of PA.
Currently, I work a full time job in a non-health related field. It's a decent enough paycheck to take care of my children. I plan on leaving my job once I'm accepted into a nursing program and then I will attend school full time.
I have been working on my doula certification this year, but I have not had any clients yet. I am working on finding one or two for the summer, and I can likely take one in the fall, but I won't be taking any in the spring as I'm set to take A&P I then.
I guess, I'm wondering how much of a detriment will it be to me that I will not have any job experience in the health field? I looked at the CNA option for the next couple of years before I'm ready to go to full time school, and it would be too much of a pay cut for me to manage that. I will be able to do the full time student thing in a couple of years due to being able to save money and tax returns for that time.
I'm worried I won't be able to get much doula experience either because I don't want to take on clients during the tough courses, as I know how imporant it is to do well in them and not miss lecture or lab.
Any, ideas I may be missing, or if anyone else has done well getting into nursing school without a health background, please share.
Thank you for your time of getting through all of this.