Well, obviously you are correct in that there is definitely a direction in treating women. In my last post, I edited it to agree with ChadleyNC in that I don't think a "male field" of nursing exists. The majority of male problems usually involve the testicles, prostate, and sex organ which is not really enough to create a branch or speciality of nusing like female issues. Also, the majority of people I've communicated to about it have questioned me. This includes a few nurse chats, friends, close friends, and family. I'm already facing that "hurdle" and I know that there will be many more.
Anyway as far as my OP, I do agree with you in a sense that what I wrote was more of an ideal than what I'll probably end up doing. As you may know, nursing is a calling and I think midwifery is too. I'm not sure how to express this in words, but I know in my being (more than just a feeling) that this is what I want to do. In the past, I simply disregarded it as impossible or not appropriate. Then for a long while, I labored with the possibility to challenging my sanity. Anyway, it's been a long hard process which I think will be good as I, hopefully, am now more determined.
L&D, Midwifery, etc, are not easy as can be attested to nurses in the OB/GYN forum and those that have worked there. It is not general nursing, it is a specialty. I know that there is a possibility that both mom and/or baby might die and not to mention the many complications (with way too many interventions). Actually, some of the posts on this subject in that forum are much more blunt.
SANE is too much or wouldn't be what I'm trying to do, I now think. I thought that I would do get it for the education more than the job, but it doesn't really match up with what I want to do long term. It's definitely not a priority.
Lactation consultant is a priority because, as a midwife, I want to encourage breastfeeding as it is severely needed in the "international community." It is the best basic care of infants and it's free. I also want to do more than just handle the last month or 9 months of pregnancy, but before, during, and after pregnancy and maybe for life of mother and child if I live that long. Women in the world are still the most vastly underserved population especially when it comes to healthcare. 99% of the death rate of mothers is from outside the USA.
I completely disagree with you about male SANEs, but this is a subject best left for another thread.
I appreciate your opinion and I hope this has informed and answered your questions.
Thanks for the encouragement. I know I need to take it a piece at a time and I'm grateful for this. It is steps in the journey but I wrote mostly about the destination.
I'm subscribed to the thread(s) about prior L&D experience before CNM. I know that there may be more classes or certification in other countries, however, it is "easier" to start where I am. I don't think it would be wise at this point to move to another country to do nursing having to learn the language and culture. I think it is much wiser to get an education here and then go with some charity or mission overseas.
I agree with you. It will take time and steps (including live birth and rotations) before I get there.
I'm still doing a few pre-reqs and other classes I want to take before nursing school, but I'm on my way to a BSN.
Thank you for the encouragement and your great last post about SANEs. You handled it very well and it is very valid. Thanks for the information.
I hope this has helped to shed light on my blip of my destination.