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Baystate Medical Center Midwifery Program

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BrittanyNicole90 specializes in Postpartum, Maternal/child.

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I'd be curious to hear how Baystate is going too. I'm now in a DEN women's health/adult np program and still considering a post masters in midwifery. Thanks!

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mamagui has 1+ years experience and specializes in Eventually Midwifery.

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I know for a fact you could not practice in Oregon without the MSN/QUOTE]

This simply is NOT true. You must have the ACNM credential, designating you as a CNM to practice, and you must have a Master's degree, but the Master's does NOT have to be in nursing. You do have to be an RN, however, to get the CNM credential. There is actually a school in Portland that offers a Master's in Midwifery (https://www.pcc.edu/programs/university-transfer/transfer-guides/documents/Midwiferyprograms09-10.pdf)

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I am a current student at OHSU and have been VERY impressed with the faculty. In addition, the school arranges the clinical sites for the students. It is rigorous and challenging and I love it!

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cayenne06 has 10 years experience as a MSN, CNM and specializes in Reproductive & Public Health.

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I am in my third semester at Baystate, and holy cow am I impressed. Our clinical experiences are amazing and varied, and our preceptors are wonderful, knowledgeable, and approachable. I've had to take out private loans each semester (Freedom Credit Union will only loan to you a semester at a time), but it is worth it.

I HIGHLY recommend this program. Our education program is fully integrated into the Baystate Health system and we have access to everything the medical students/residents do. We get to work in WETU (a dedicated "ER" for women), we almost always get multiple births on each shift, and since we are in a tertiary teaching hospital, we have the support to care for higher risk women, allowing us as students to get experience caring for patients with a level of acuity that might be hard to get elsewhere.

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I love Baystate’s midwifery program! I am getting close to graduation and I wanted to clarify some things I have read in these comments. 

You can use student loans! You must complete your first semester then you can apply for graduate loans through Thomas Jefferson University  (aka Philadelphia University). TJU is who awards your MS Midwifery degree when you graduate. You take 12 credits through TJU while in the Baystate program. 

You will be awarded a Midwifery certificate through the Baystate program.

You sit for the same boards as every other AMCB certified school. You will be a Certified Nurse Midwife at the end of your degree after passing examination.

Comparing by saying the MS vs MSN is like the ASN vs BSN isn’t realistic. The only thing a MS in Midwifery can’t do is teach in a big university-you can still precept and teach at a hospital based program or smaller college. You can still get your DNP after your MS too if you want.

The way Baystate starts you in clinical right away really enhances your learning. Before your integration at the end you have already caught babies and done pap smears! I have never had such wonderful teachers and preceptors! The class size is small because they want an intimate setting for teaching and they do turn away candidates. It is all in person at Baystate with the exception of the 3 online TJU courses, so you have to relocate if you don’t live there. It is worth traveling from an hour or two to attend!

Highly Recommend! 

 

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