So glad to find this site as I have been looking for months for UK people to "chat " with re UK midwifery. Here's my scoop. My husband is planning on taking a job in England, probably after I have our second child (maybe in 1.5-2 yrs?). Currently I'm a CNM in the US. I work in a wonderful freestanding birth center setting, no MD involvement in our pt care, lots of waterbirths and complete care for our ladies, with the help of a nurse who comes in right at the time of birth. I've looked into the qualifications for becoming a midwife in the UK and feel pretty sure I wouldn't have a hard time qualifying. I would LOVE to experience being a midwife in England because I'm sure I would learn alot and expand my skill base.
Here are my main questions - does anyone know anyone who was a CNM, who actually found a job as a midwife in England? Seems like all the job listings I see state foreign training midwives would be only hired if they couldn't find anyone else. I'm very nervous about getting qualified, then moving for 5 yrs and be unable to find a job. I HAVE to work, at least a bit, because if I take time off, I probably won't ever be able to catch babies back in the US. Also, because I have a young child and plan on having more, I really would prefer a part time job - is this possible for midwives in England? And how hard would it be to get a job somewhere great, like a birth center or somewhere with naturally birthing moms? Homebirth would be fabulous. And my final question - did I read somewhere that in the UK, it is the nurses who do the paps ans family planning? In that case, could I find a job doing that easily, if I got my Rn license in england? I do tons of gyn here, so that would be great as well.
Hope this isn't too hard to absorb and I can get some answers. I honestly have searched far and wide for US CNMs turned UK midwife and have come up totally empty handed. Thanks a ton!