Wow I see myself one year ago in your shoes almost exactly (wedding instead of baby, but you get the jist). I graduated with my BSN last year. Honors, hospital experience prior to school, passed boards with flying colors, willing to work ANYWHERE... four months later I was applying to graduate school because I couldn't get a job to save my life!!!! In January I ended up moving across country to start graduate school in midwifery at NYU. I can't say I am sorry I came because I'm still looking for a job as a nurse and I graduated 11 months ago. At least I'm getting grad school out of the way now.
On the topic related to experience: I know I may be biased, but I don't think you need rn experience to be a great midwife! Birth attendants from all walks of life provide excellent care for women during labor. In fact the American College of Nurse Midwives is debating whether or not to change it's name to the American College of Midwives because they recognize this fact. OB/GYNs didn't have to be PAs before they were physicians! Why should any form of advanced practice nursing be different? OK that's just my two cents.
Your grades are amazing, but mine were comparable. I had the best references, connections at hospitals, etc. There is just no money to hire new grads right now, but I think things are beginning to look up. The best advice I can give is to get a student nurse position in a hospital. Although it doesn't guarantee a job, the only people I know who were able to find jobs after nursing school were those who had student nurse positions. If that is not possible, try to get a PCA/CNA position. Intern, extern, meet managers, etc. and if all else fails follow your dreams and go to Georgetown! (check out amazing scholarship
there is also loan forgiveness info at... http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/
) Talk to their program director and financial aid office. They may be able to get you lots of assistance. by the way, amazing birth center in DC always looking for volunteers...Family Health and Birth Center (www.developingfamilies.org/dcbc.html
I know where you're coming from. I have not yet set a wedding date, still no job, but I'm becoming the professional I've always dreamed of becoming and I do not regret it. My philosophy about babies is that you can never be prepared, but when you're ready, you're ready and everything else will just work itself out. I wish you all the best.