Here are the prequisites for a Nurse-Midwife program:
*A bachelor's degree
*Current license to practice as an RN in one of the 50 us states.
*1 or 2 years nursing experience
*A miniuim gpa of 3.0
Now that is if you want to be a certified midwife, you'd have to take a course, most run one or two years...which isn't too bad. Then you must take a certification exam and the national board exam.
Now once you get your RN you can apply for work maybe at a hospital on the maternity floor? Or a birthing center? I had a baby last month and there were some wonderful nurses that worked on the maternity floor and they need CNA's too. So if you have your CNA you can even start now!
Now you don't have to be a midwife to work in obstetrics but if you want to work more in-deopth with pregnant women then this is the way to go. Not to mention the base-pay is (about) 80k, compared the the (about) the 40k that RN's make.
This is what I would do:
1. Maybe get your CNA if you don't already have it
2. Get a job at a hospital working on the maternity floor while you work through school (This looks good on applications because you have some nursing experience)
3. Focus on your prequisites for nursing school, get good grades because they accept people with the best grades first!
4. Get your associates in Nursing
5. Get work as an RN
6. Continue your education through online, class, or distant learning to get your Bachelors.
7. Get into ACNM school!
So your looking at about maybe 6 years of school? I think they should make more money for all that schooling. hehe.