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Recommended Preparation for Midwifery School

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Hi Everyone! 

I'm an L&D Nurse pursuing nurse-midwifery as my end-goal degree. I've been on the path of wanting to be a midwife since 8th grade and I'm honing in on starting the next phase of my education: CNM school! 

My main question for those of you who have graduated and/or are currently in a program: what did you do to prepare for midwifery school? What do you wish you did to prepare for midwifery school? 

I had a pretty rough go of it in Nursing school, but I made it through. As I consider returning to school, I really would like to thrive, not just survive. 

Looking forward to hearing your input! By the time I apply for school, I will have 2 years postpartum experience, 3 years labor and delivery experience. I was a birth doula for 5 years before that.

 Thank you so much. 

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LibraSunCNM has 10 years experience as a MSN and specializes in OB.

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My best advice would be to wait to start a CNM program until you're financially able to either work very part time, or not at all.  The classmates I had who worked full time the entire program really phoned it in, and most are not currently working as midwives.  Make school the priority, it goes by in a flash.

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It sounds like you already have lots of experience which will put you ahead of a number of other midwifery students. If anything, you might want to do a quick review of health assessment (especially things you don't use often in your work), pharm, and pathophys. since advanced versions of each these will be some of the first courses you take. Otherwise, just get you life in order so you're ready for grad school.

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