Oh no. That sounds scary! I hear what everyone on this board is saying... I see both sides. I'm currently in a DNP program at the #4 school for midwifery in the country. I have a year of L&D under my belt and I dont graduate until 2020. Just based on my curriculum now, i dont see how more time in L&D and not being in school would help me. People are neglecting to realize that there are years of pre requisites before you ever even see a patient. Im taking advanced physiology, statistics and epidemiology, nursing informatics....nothing i do as a floor nurse even reaches that stuff. I plan to work my way through school because I know my experience is ESSENTIAL to midwifery. I can read a strip and intervene. I just dont think waiting would be beneficial as im in a place in my life where I can focus on grad school. When it's all said and done, I'll have 4+ years of L&D experience (and7 months of mom baby) when this program is over. Waiting would make me less likely to do it. Just my 2 cents.