I'm posting this because I really want to know if others have had a similar experience - with that said, please no mean comments. I started nursing as a second career. I got into community health nursing and actually truly loved what I was doing. I thought I wanted to be a midwife so I went ahead and left my job to pursue this degree. I went through all of the hoops and a pretty intense clinical and finally graduated with my degree. I thought, well great, now I can be a midwife! WRONG! All I found were crap jobs. And I know some may say "well you have to do the crappy ones to get the ones you want" but at this point in my life, I don't have time to be doing things I don't want to do for less pay and more hours. I am SO disappointed in midwifery. I ended up taking a job at Planned Parenthood, which I actually really liked even though I wasn't practicing full scope. However, I got furloughed! APRN degrees can't even guarantee you stability! And now I've moved to California and there are barely any open positions here. Even the clinic positions, (which is what I ended up doing last year) won't take me here because most of them require a WHNP (and I was doing all this role without this certification because, as you may know, CNMs do everything WHNPs do plus intrapartum care). I regret going down this road SO much. All the time and the money and the loss of a great career that I had in front of me. Every day I sit here applying to jobs full of regret about my career path. It's not the end of the world, (well it might be with everything else that's going on)...I've been applying to mainly nursing gigs since moving here. Even those are hard to come by seeing as my resume jumps around. All I qualify for right now is home health and I don't want to go into that. I really want to get into the bedside and just try to forget I ever got this degree in the first place. If you are considering midwifery, I won't say don't do it, but please have meaningful job prospects in mind before going through with it. If you live in the Bay Area and have some contacts you wouldn't mind sharing or some advice that is helpful for me in my job search, please PM me. In need of some good thoughts and inspiring words because I'm trying not to cry about all of this.