Am a newbie to this forum and really really need some advice.
A little history about me
Am dual nationaility UK/USA and can work in both. I have always lived in the UK and all my education has been here but want to move to the US one day to get to know my family and where i am from. I did well at school and have a BSc hon degree in media technology. I am 26 years old.
I want to retrain and become a midwife in the UK but want to make sure i could still work in the US with the quialification i will gain. the course i have picked is a Diploma in midwifery which lasts 2 years from a top university. in england you then become a quilified midwife. You can then do a top up of half a year to get a BSc hon in midwifery but that is not needed until you really climb up the labber.
My main question is do you have to train as a nurse and a midwife to become a midwife in the US? I have been told by someone you have to do both but their info in 30 years out of date but it has got me worried and i cant find anything useful on the internet. I could ask my dad who lives in the US but his trade is very different so wouldnt know the answer.
I have another option open to me, to become a nurse by doing a diploma in Nursing then later on down the line doing a course to become a midwife. If i dont have to i dont want to go down this route as i am 26 years old and have decided what area i want to go into.
Does anyone know how the system works when someone is UK educated and wants to work in the US?
Please please can someone help
Sep 18, '06
Midwives in the US are not specialist trained as in the UK, they are usually referred to as L&D (Labour & Delivery) Nurses, and are generalist trained RN's who go on to become CNM's. I think you will find RM (Registered Midwife) will not be recognised as enough to practice in the US, you need to be RN first and foremost. Hope this helps.
Last edit by letina on Sep 18, '06
Jan 14, '07
I am a RN/RM uk trained and I have now got an AZBON licence to nursei n USA. I am being interviewed for my first l&d next week any way I have been in madwifery in the uk for 8 years and a nurse for 18 years and I have been told by the hospital that I am going to be working for that I will be treated like a new grad and in will proberly take me a at least a year to feel I know the ropes in l&d and that will be at New grad standard. I have tried to explain the british midwifes role told them that I worken in the hospital for a long time with low risk and high risk women- so any way I am looking forward to my adventure and lookf forward to this different way that american women give birth. But most of all I am looking forward to working with women and there families at this special time in there lives hopefully I will be able to use some of my midwifery skills with in the RN role- what do you think.
Last edit by Belinda-wales on Jan 14, '07