Where do you find the 'externship' programs? That would be a great opportunity. One hospital in my area offers a 3 month internship program for new grads, but you have to be a current RN. I am hoping to do that, but my husband is military--so there's no telling if we'll still be in town by then.
Flytern--I know and completely agree that a totally healthy pregnancy is a rarity these days. I don't expect it to be all 'butterflies and rainbows" at all.
I have a one year old daughter, and while I was pregnant with her I found a passion. I literally went to EVERY library in town and read EVERY pregnancy book on the market. I looked at every website. I seriously must have been one of the most clued in pregnant women ever!
But really, I would love to care for the laboring moms, regardless of the health situation. Of course, I love the babies as well--but the whole birth process is far more interesting to me than say NICU. I think it would be awesome to get to share in one of the best days of a mother's life. And I am an adrenaline junkie, so I am up for any surprises or complications that are presented.