Quote from midwifetobe92
I'm a little more than halfway through undergrad studying Psychology and I just recently realized that midwifery is my calling. I know SUNY Downstate takes students with no nursing background, but that's really limiting to only have one school option. Should I become an RN or do an accelerated BSN program? It's too late for me to transfer to nursing school, so I'll graduate in May 2015 with a BS in Psych. What's the best option for me?
I was in exactly your shoes several years ago. I was a French major and realized that I wanted to be a midwife. I didn't listen to my intuition right away though and it took me a couple years after college until I realized I just needed to follow my heart.
I completed the prereqs and then did an accelerated BSN - one year, incredibly intense and full of culture shock. Much of it felt irrelevant as an aspiring midwife, but two years after I now see the value in those experiences. I had no interest in working as a nurse and went directly into my program at Frontier Nursing U. It's the oldest midwifery program in the country and I'm very happy w it. I'll be graduating in late 2015. : )
I also nearly attended SUNY Downstates CNM program - another excellent option.
See my response above about the CM program. I nearly did that early on in the process but ruled it out bc I didn't want to be limited to 3 states.
Since you will have your BA by next spring, Id encourage you to take the same route I did and do an accelerated BSN/RN when you finish college.They're all about a year and it goes by fast. It's super intense, but it's worth it.
Doing an ADN/RN is an option but more circuitous..it's only worth it if it's much cheaper than the ABSNs in your area. You'd then be limited to a smaller number of schools bc they don't all have an ADN- MSN in midwifery. Although frontier does, so that would be an option.
As far as selecting an ABSN goes, I'd recommend you look for a state school. Don't spend a ton of money. By the end, it's an expensive process and not worth spending a ton for a private nursing program when you're interest is really in midwifery. Are you in NY? I did my ABSN at a SUNY school and was quite happy w it (well, as happy as one can be in an accelerated nursing program..)
Are you able to start the science prerequisites now? Also, I'd encourage you to do a doula training (CAPPA or DONA are both good). And see if you can do some volunteer doula work - some hospitals have programs otherwise you could do it privately. This will not only give you valuable experience and exposure to birth it will also be a helpful addition on your résumé. Frontier, for example, accepts students w either a year of RN experience (any kind, not just L&D) or a year of mother-child health work (doula, childbirth educator, or lactation consultant/educator).
I hope this helps! Feel free to send more questions my way, here or PM. : )