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Help me make huge life decisions :) Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
6th May '13

So I want to be a midwife....home births/birth center births.



I have 2 routes



first I could go to school for 3 years and be a licensed midwife and COM (certified professional midwife) build my clientele up and eventually make decent livable money ...but probably no health benefits and no other options with my schooling...



OR
go to school for 7 years to be a CNM. Work in a hospital after I get my RN (2 years) and continue to go to school...but I think to do what I want to I would have to go to school AGAIN or at least apprentice to do home births like I really want to do. BUT I would have more job options this route and more job security....health benefits.....possibly better pay....definitely better pay in a hospital.....but



honestly I really dont wanna be a nurse or work in a hospital ....unless its lactation ...*sigh*



Thanks for reading all this :]

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
6th May '13

You sound just like me! I'm doing option two though. I also don't really want to work I a hospital but its the best way to go :/

loser mom Due June 24 (twins); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, Norway, ,,, Europe 11506 posts
status 6th May '13

I would do the RN route... if being a midwife doesn't work out, you'd have something else to fall back on.

A, E & W's mommy 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Bulgaria 16529 posts
6th May '13

I've been looking into it myself, I'm thinking for me, at my age, I'd want option number 1 but I'm not sure how to help you find the best fit for you.

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
6th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting A, E & W's mommy:</b>" I've been looking into it myself, I'm thinking for me, at my age, I'd want option number 1 but I'm not sure how to help you find the best fit for you."</blockquote>




Im almost 22 with an 18 month old and want another kid in 3 years :)....we don't make much money but I could afford either. route I think...with help :).



I want to home school too sooo I don't want to be crazy busy

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
6th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ☮ Phuket:</b>" You sound just like me! I'm doing option two though. I also don't really want to work I a hospital but its the best way to go :/"</blockquote>




I know it probably is the best route but my dream job would be sooo far away. Im afraid of getting comfortable and never finishing school....Have you talked to many midwives that do home births?

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
6th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mama Lizzy :]:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ☮ Phuket:</b>" You sound just like me! I'm doing option ... [snip!] ... far away. Im afraid of getting comfortable and never finishing school....Have you talked to many midwives that do home births?"</blockquote>




Not midwives but doulas. That is going to be the first thing I do. I want to doula and be an LC and then eventually get my RN and then CNM. It's so far but doable. I can't start school for RN until my kids are in shook full time, so like 5 years!

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
6th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ☮ Phuket:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mama Lizzy :]:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ☮ ... [snip!] ... my RN and then CNM. It's so far but doable. I can't start school for RN until my kids are in shook full time, so like 5 years!"</blockquote>



Lactation counselor or consultant?



I was thinking I could always be a lll lactation consultant after my nursing degree too.



Man if you follow through you would be THE midwife to go too! You could teach too! Maybe even help change the system ;)

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
8th May '13

I don't know about there but here you can't just be a midwife, you have to get your RN first and then do a post graduate degree in midwifery. You also have to do practicals and work experience in hospitals.

If that's not the case I would definitely get my RN as well ... only because it means you have a greater amount of skills to draw upon in all circumstances.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
8th May '13

You do realize how expensive the insurance is for midwives, right? It's astronomical.



I'd go with option 2 until you can afford the insurance to be attending home births. It makes me wonder how many home birth midwives are operating without insurance. :?

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
8th May '13
Quoting Sly Saffy:" You do realize how expensive the insurance is for midwives, right? It's astronomical. I'd go with option ... [snip!] ... the insurance to be attending home births. It makes me wonder how many home birth midwives are operating without insurance. :?"


lots and lots .... that's why you can't do it here. I know a couple of locum doctors who pay up to $10,000 out of pocket per month for insurance.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
8th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mama Lizzy :]:</b>" So I want to be a midwife....home births/birth center births. I have 2 routes first I could go to school ... [snip!] ... I really dont wanna be a nurse or work in a hospital ....unless its lactation ...*sigh* Thanks for reading all this :]"</blockquote>




Option 2 STONGLY.
Yes, it will take longer but there is so much more upside from option 2.
Your education and experience will be MUCH better, your compensation will be better AND your service will be better based on the prior two "betters."

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
8th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sly Saffy:</b>" You do realize how expensive the insurance is for midwives, right? It's astronomical. I'd go with option ... [snip!] ... the insurance to be attending home births. It makes me wonder how many home birth midwives are operating without insurance. :?"</blockquote>




I'm sure alot in my state actually....I don't think its required to get malpractice insurance here for DEM's but I would want it!

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
8th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mama Lizzy :]:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ☮ Phuket:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mama ... [snip!] ... too. Man if you follow through you would be THE midwife to go too! You could teach too! Maybe even help change the system ;)"</blockquote>




Thanks!! Im deff hoping I getting that point eventually and can do hat I feel lost passionate about.

Evil Dr.PorkChop Due July 4; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Concord, NC, United States 970 posts
8th May '13

In some states you have to be a CNM, I know in my state you have to anyway. Also in my state CNM's cant do home births, only hospitals and birth centers otherwise they are considered practicing medicine without a license. It sucks because I am also studying to be a CNM and I want to do homebirths, but I cant in this state.