Midwifery

  1. I am interested in knowing if anyone out there recommends a school for becoming a CNM and how much that school costs and how long the program is. I have been to the ACNM webste, but would like some personal opinions. Also what is your scope of practice and how much do you earn in a year (I need to pay off the student loans eventually)?
    Thanks
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  3. by   jamistlc
    Greetings,

    As I am desiring a different route for my Midwifery practice, I have chosed the Direct Entry Midwife path. As a nurse I looked in to the "Frontier Midwife School" they seem to be inline with my needs, all but one I would need a degree, which at this time I do not have. But the training there provides a student with the skills for all three birthing enviroments Hospital, Birthing Center, and Home Birthing. If I was to that route for entry into midwifery this would be the scholl for me! There is a movement to make the national standard of Midwifery a Certified Professional Midwife! This works for me since I do not have a degree at this time. The school I would chose for this route is "The Iowa School of Traditional Midwifery" they offer an externship (not just for their students but any student) to Russia, where the birthing/Midwifery Model is implemented a bit differently than our western practice! For me the practice of "Water Birthing" seems very effective for both pain and client satisfaction! Good luck whereever you choose!

    Peace,
    Have a Blessed Day,
    Jami
  4. by   kennedyj
    Most schools seem to have a program that is about 45 college semester hours. It depends on how busy you want to be in terms of how long it takes to finish. I am going to Univ health sciences center- Colorado (online w/ preceptorship clinicals in Germany). It will take 3 years for me. I have seen people do it in 2 years full time. The classes are fun and you learn a lot. No careplans or junk like in the BSN courses.
    Best of luck,
    Jared
  5. by   jamistlc
    Greetings All Nurses,

    This is fom my club listed at the bottom of the page in the links section.

    Here is a site that has both MS of Midwifery programs , some maybe CNM, and some are DEM programs some are obviously accrediated programs as they are college based programs! Here is the URL for the page with about 30 different programs and contact information. Good Luck!

    http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/G...326/paths.html
  6. by   NurseAngie
    Hey Jami... I have REALLY been thinking about the Frontier Nursing program and it's only about 45 minutes from my house in Kentucky. They seem to have an impecable reputation for producing well educated CNM's. I have been doing research since I first contacted you a few months ago. I think direct-entry midwives are great, but you know that, being an LPN yourself, many other people frown down on those without "the degree". I am going to do some checking when I get to Ky. and see what the community needs/demands are for the midwife-assisted births. I will keep in touch.
  7. by   jamistlc
    Originally posted by NurseAngie
    Hey Jami... I have REALLY been thinking about the Frontier Nursing program and it's only about 45 minutes from my house in Kentucky. They seem to have an impecable reputation for producing well educated CNM's. I have been doing research since I first contacted you a few months ago. I think direct-entry midwives are great, but you know that, being an LPN yourself, many other people frown down on those without "the degree". I am going to do some checking when I get to Ky. and see what the community needs/demands are for the midwife-assisted births. I will keep in touch.
    There are many DEM programs that are degreed! In Fla esp. since it is required to take the academic as well as the apprenticeship to practice as a Licensed Midwife! Frontior is a good program but as you know it is a completer program /ladder program too. When I get my ADN I do not want to continue towards a BSN but jump into a CPM program! Iowa is really appealing! Have you seen the program there from the club web site links?

    Peace,
    Jami

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