Quote from chocolate_eyes585
I am a college student i will be applying to my universities nursing program in the upcoming fall. My future plans when it comes to being a nurse is to be a nurse Midwife, i want to work at home on my own time delivering babies and counseling mothers to-be and so forth, This has always been one of my passions, yet another one of my passions is theatre... While completing my pre reqs for the nursing program i have been pursuing a BS in theatre with teachers certification, This degree is just to fulfill my passion and also supply me with something to fall back on. But if i were to conclude them together i thought about: teaching theatre full time at a local highschool and in the mean time in between time care for my mothers to be. This all seems so realistic to me and i would actually be living the ideal life. However whenever i tell people this they look at me like im crazy.. and tell me i am doing too much!! or Youll be in school forever!! Is there something i just dont see, are my future goals not realistic?
I have a friend who is a midwife, and years back I volunteered to be her assistant for awhile, as I was considering midwifery myself.I had also considered being a teacher, and took some introductory classes in education a few years back, along with volunteering in several classrooms.
Midwifery is a very demanding occupation, and if you pursue it, all other choices must come second. You can't schedule when babies are born, or when a mom may need to consult with you about something, the way you can schedule other activities.While you can schedule your client's monthly prenatal checks, things can and do come up at other times, and babies, of course, set their own schedules insofar as when they choose to be born (and that is not always in the middle of night)
Also, it depends on what kind of midwifery practice you plan to have, and where you plan to live.Will you work alone, or partner with another midwife? Are you planning a hospital practice, or a homebirth practice? My friend has a homebirth practice. She is able to pursue some other activities, and actually runs a couple of other businesses from home. But she has reduced the number of midwifery clients that she sees to only a few per year so she can do this. And she is self-employed, which gives her the ability to work her other pursuits around her midwifery.Her duties as a midwife are always paramount, though.She carries a pager with her everywhere, and is on call twenty four hours a day.Her business associates and the clientel of her other pursuits know that if she gets a midwifery call, whatever they are doing at the moment will be put on hold so she can consult with the mom to be.
My friend lives in a state that allows her to have a home practice. Not all states permit this (and for many the cost of insurance, or the lack of insurance for homebirth midwives makes it prohibitive). Many states will not allow certified nurse midwives to practice in a homebirth setting at all.
Midwives that work in affiliation with a hospital or clinic often work in shifts. I doubt that you would find many clinics or hospitals ammenable to you having another full time job.
Teaching, also, is very, very hard work. Teachers work well beyond the time they are in the classroom. There are always new lesson plans to be drawn up, homework to correct, and student files to care for. Plus you must attend staff meetings, teacher in-service training sessions, and parent teacher conferences.It's not unusual for a teacher to go home and spend hours on paperwork at night.
Honestly, having had a little experience in both areas, I don't see how you could successfully combine a midwifery career and teach in a high school full time.It would be wiser to keep one as your primary goal, and the other as a hobby. Perhaps you cold consider becoming a midwife, and offer private acting classes on the side, or volunteer with your community theater group.That way, you would be able to utilize your education to the full, but not shortchange your clients or burn yourself out.