I am looking for opinions esp. from an AU midwife. I'm a registered nurse in the US. I have 10 years of Labor and Delivery (OB) experience and 5 years of med/surg (general medical and post surgical areas.) My husband and I are looking into moving to AU. This will be a 5+ year plan. I want to continue to in the OB field. I have noticed that in AU Labor nurses are not a thing. I will be willing to work Med/surge and complete a Midwifery program if needed in AU.
My question is what education would be best to seek for this. I have a ADN which is a 2 years degree in Nursing. It would be possible to complete a BSN, a 4 year degree prior to moving. But then I would still need a bridge type of program to be a Midwife. We do have Midwife programs in the US, a Masters Program, but I would prefer to study within the Health Care System in which I would practice. I do not believe the responsibilities and standards of practice are the same in both countries.
Looking forward to getting feedback. I have looked into Midwifery Schools
in AU online but can not find much information on a Bridge type program.