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Complimentary specialties for CNM

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KarebearKJ has 4 years experience as a EMT-I, EMT-P and specializes in Womens health, pre hospital & out-of-hospital care.

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Hello everyone!
this is my first post so please forgive me if I’m not asking in the right place.

I’m currently working in my own business as a certified doula, Lamaze trainer childbirth educator, and birth attendant to the local CPM’s . I plan on making the jump and going to school to become a CNM. I feel like it provides the opportunity for me to touch and care for the greatest amount of people, and also allows for the opportunity to do in-hospital and out-of-hospital care.
I’d like to have the most well rounded eduction, and provide the most amount of care for the clients I work with. I wanted to know what the complimentary specialties would be for CNM’s? I eventually would like to get my DNP, but I realize that’s far out from where I am now.
Quite a few local nurses I had talked to said it would be worth looking into pursuing an RNFA program, but the area I will be living in really doesn’t have a place for them anymore. It wouldn’t be a smart financial decision for me, and I also don’t believe that would increase my usefulness to my clients/patients.
Some of the OBs I’ve worked with are now telling me I should look into CRNA programs after finishing my CNM.
I guess I’m just looking for some more opinions about which specialties would compliment a CNM the most, and make them the most beneficial and well rounded provider for their clients/patients.

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verene is a MSN and specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

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Secondary specialty (if you chose to have one - it's certainly NOT necessary) will depend in large part on your own interests, the setting/population you work with, and what opportunities exist with in your area of practice (organization or geographically) as well as your own priorities for work/life balance and so on.

Some of this will also depend on what practice options are available in your state (independent vs collaborative or supervised, working inpatient vs outpatient, etc) and licensing requirements (how many hours of active practice and continuing education do you need to maintain each credential).

I would urge you to focus on getting into nursing school, becoming a competent RN and then competent CNM. Worry about adding additional certifications/training later. There is no need to do everything at once - and you want to stay open to the experiences you'll have along the way!

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