I am a student at a 16 month post-baccalaureate BSN program now. I graduate in December and plan to take the NCLEX in January. I also happen to be a 26-year-old that has been married almost four years and wants to start a family. I am looking for advice on when to continue with schooling.
I really want kids, but I also want to get my masters in CNM. Do I graduate, take a few years and have kids, and get some true nursing experience or do I try to go directly into the CNM program and put off the family for a few more years?
What has worked best for people that have had this experience?
I think that having a family first and going through the birth experience on your own is SO SO SO valuable. It teaches you things that school can't. Not that there aren't good midwives that haven't had babies, but I think if it is something that you are wanting to do anyway it is worth putting it first. I have been interested in midwifery since high school, but chose to have my kids first and I've gotten so much perspective that I really value that I believe will make me a better midwife than I could have been before.
But it you can also get perspective from work experience and attending births, granted it is different, if you have a strong feeling about going to school first, I imagine that being a midwife can teach you a lot of good lessons about being a mom before you do that. I don't really think you can go wrong either way.
I'm wishing you all the best on your journey to becoming a midwife and I hope you let us know what you decide.