Hello, everyone! I have my master's in nursing education and work as a nursing professor. I am currently enrolled in an MSN-DNP program, and I am doing a post-master's certificate at the same time to become an APRN. I keep going back and forth between PMHNP and FNP. My ultimate career goal is to open my own clinic that focuses primarily on parenthood transitions. The goal would be for women to receive routine medical care postpartum, which would include an on-site pelvic floor PT. It would also include mental healthcare. Not only is PPD/PPA so prevalent, but even without it, parenthood transitions are HARD. I want parents to have access to therapy and medication (if needed). Parents would be routinely screened. Not through a forgotten form but through a conversation. There would also be an on-site lactation consultant for those who desire that option. No more running around to a bunch of offices and parents feeling like they are forgotten in the chaos. It is probably a pipe dream, but it won't stop me from trying. In a perfect world, I would be a PMHNP and FNP. However, I have 3 young kids, and I don't think it is likely I will return to school. So I want to pick the one that will be the best long-term career option. Option #1: PMHNP I care deeply about mental healthcare, particularly in the intrapartum and postpartum phases. I struggled quite a bit, but nobody knew. I am a whole new person now that I have proper treatment. My DNP scholarly project would be on training nurses in pediatric offices to screen parents at every well-child check in the first year for PPA/PPD and other struggles. As a mom to young kids, I also love the idea of the flexibility of telehealth. I would be lying if I said that the high need for mental health providers and the higher pay were not factors. It would enable me to work fewer hours because of the higher salary. I don't do it for the money, but we have bills to pay, and I want to maximize my time with my kids. The downside is I would be strictly limited to mental healthcare. The postpartum care, infant care, etc, would be for someone else to do. Option #2: FNP I love women's health and babies. If babies could be born during business hours, I would be a midwife. The only thing I love more than pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns are my guaranteed evenings, weekends, and holidays with my family. Being an FNP would allow me to work with the entire age span and women's health. I could provide more of the services in my previously mentioned clinic. Telehealth is still an option, but not nearly as common as it is for mental healthcare. FNPs tend to be very oversaturated, so jobs can be harder to get. The pay generally is not as high. However, the career options are much broader. I can work in a family practice office. An office that only sees adults. A pediatric office. Urgent care. Sometimes in an ER. Any outpatient specialty office. In women's health or with an OB/Gyn doing the gyn side. As you can see, I have talked myself in circles about these options. I have been in school for almost 2 years, but I have been front-loading my DNP courses and the "3 Ps," so either option is fair game at this point. Any advice, thoughts, or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.