hski 763 Views
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I am a labor and delivery nurse in Missouri. I LOVE MY JOB!!! BUT, it is true that in this country, physicians attend most all deliveries...and believe it or not, it is mainly OB/GYNs, not even family practice docs.
The reason that I felt compelled to answer your post is that I would love to be a nurse midwife, because I too, love delivering babies. I am currently going to school to be a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, because midwifery is almost unheard of in this state. On the east and west coast there are midwife clinics, but not around here. I wanted to go to school to become a midwife, but no one around here would let me have delivering privledges, so I settled for an advance practice nurse in women's health. I am hoping that by doing things this way, I will develop a good working relationship and trust with my physicians that could one day allow me to become a midwife and perform low-risk deliveries with their backing. Does that make sense?
I hope I answered your questions. I know it sounds rediculous...women have been having babies since the beginning of time...but for some reason in this country, there is a belief that it just "can't" be done without a physician!!!
I do not know from my own experience, but I am in a NP program in Missouri and my instructors say that Louisiana is really bad... no prescriptive authority...basically glorified RNs.
i believe i need a third of my hours with an advance practice nurse. probably about 200 hours...not sure on the exact amount. my instructors said that since i am in a rural area, i could complete the majority of my hours with a physician, but i need some with a np...i guess i could do some adult health as long as there was women's health included in their case load.
welcome to allnurses!
good luck in your search. i am also interested in whnp and i hope to join the ranks soon. how many hours do you need with a whnp?
I am in the same situation as you. I am a L&D nurse with a passion for the job. I want to be a midwife, but especially where I live, it is not possible right now. No one uses midwives... nurse midwives that have the training are working as WHNPs because no one will let them deliver babies right now. So, I am currently working on my WHNP with the hope that someday soon, things will change and I will be able to go get my midwifery certificate and live out my dream.
I am currently going to school to be a WHNP; by the end of this year I will need many contacts to complete clinical hours. I have the names of many OB/GYNs that are willing to let me complete hours with them, but I do not know of any WHNPs. I need to complete a few of my clinical hours with an advance practice nurse and would really prefer someone in women's health. I live in central Missouri (very rural). Anyone out there an advance practice nurse in MO or know of anyone who is? Thanks so much.
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