Quote from BETSRN
Don't waste your time. If you are really intersted in midwifery, do it through getting a degree and then entering a school of midwifery that will lead you to become a CNM.
bring a diect entry midwife is pretty self-limiting.
Let me offer a different perspective. I disagree that being a direct entry midwife is self-limiting. I think it depends on what direction you want to head in. I would certainly not call direct entry midwifery waste of time.
For instance, if you're absolutely passionate about babies and birth, and do not feel the need to get your BSN, followed by a graduate degree (with L&D time in between for many nurses), then direct entry midwifery can be a fantastic route to go. Assess your needs. Do you want to catch babies in the hospital? In the birth center setting? At home? Talk to both kinds of midwives and see what appeals to you.
Also, and this is the big one, determine what the state laws are that you live in. In some states where midwifery is illegal (and there are a couple, unfortunately, like Missouri), you would have to be underground. This can be a stressful situation for you and your family, but some people see it as a way of objecting to those laws while they fight for legality. And, in some towns, like St. Louis, CNM's are all but blocked from catching babies, with a few rare exceptions. Just because you're a CNM, doesn't mean the docs will like it and let you catch babies.
In some states, like Florida, there are CNM's becoming CPM's for reasons of autonomy. Florida has GREAT midwifery laws, and CPM's have tons of leeway in terms of scope of practice.
Look at each option carefully. There are pros and cons to each. I've met some CNM's who were mini OB-GYN's and wouldn't have known the Midwifery Model of Care if it had bit them in the *ss. It all depends on what you want. There are great ways to train for both. Lay midwifery training takes about 3 years, by the way, versus the minimum of 6 for a CNM. Another thing to consider.
Good luck to you!