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midwifetobe85 - Thank you for your post! I watched all of the videos and will continue to do more research.
Congratulations on graduating! Do you mind me asking what led to you applying to midwifery school? Did you have any clinicals in L&D? How are the programs you are applying to set up? Sorry for all of the questions, I just haven't met anyone else yet following the same path.
Thank you for all of the info! It really is so helpful to have this site and all of the advice/support everyone contributes is fantastic. I feel welcomed to the field already.
Hi hellosun, thanks! And I'm happy to answer your questions! I actually knew I wanted to be a midwife before applying to nursing school. I had already graduated w a BA in French when I realized my passion for midwifery and went back to school. I did a 1-year accelerated BSN for students who have a degree in another field.
In all nursing programs, you will do at least one OB (L&D and/or postpartum) rotation. My first one was a good experience. I was assigned to one postpartum patient on whom I conducted a complete postpartum assessment and took both mother's and baby's vitals. I also was able to insert my first Foley catheter for a young girl w an epidural and also be present for her birth. All nursing students will also have something called a senior practicum, which is your longest placement on one type of floor. You can typically request a particular type of placement depending on your interests (OB, peds, ICU, ED, etc). Not everyone will get their preferred placement but I was lucky and was placed on a maternity unit. It was a combo L&D and postpartum floor. I was there twice a week from Feb-May when I graduated. I spent most of my time on the postpartum side and so my postpartum and neonatal assessments became quite strong.
Midwifery education requires a two year masters program in nurse midwifery. I'm in MA and there's only one in state option - Baystate Medical Center. It's a good program but does not offer financial aid so Im not sure if its really an option. My main choice is Frontier Nursing University, which is a distance program and has an excellent reputation. The first year is online and the second year is made up of clinicals which are arranged with midwives in your area. Here's a list of all of the nurse midwifery programs - you can check out their websites for more info. http://www.midwife.org/rp/eduprog_all.cfm
I'm happy to answer any other questions you may have!