Wow, you sound so much like me!
I started doing foreign mission work in Central America when I was 12 and have always thought midwifery would be a perfect skill to use there. I got distracted from that when I met my husband :) but now that I have had 2 babies, I have a whole new passion and desire for it. I too have been looking for a school that will prepare me for foreign mission work that is also affordable and preferrably Christian. I recently found the Midwifery Institute of America and it looks great but I cannot for the life of me find any reviews or opinions on it! I have spoken with the director through email and she seems really nice, and I read all of the alumni emails on the website so it was encouraging to see that the graduates had successfully gone on to do midwifery on the mission field.
I have also looked into AAMI, but I have heard too many mixed reviews and you are obligated to the entire $4000 tuition whether you finish or not and I do not want to commit to that. I like that the Midwifery Institute of America is pay as you go.
I have been debating back and forth between MIA and doing a self study. I have been worried that the MIA wont give me all the info I need, but I'm also scared I'll miss something with self study. Its so hard to know what is going to be best.
I decided that I am going to start with self study and see how that goes. I ordered most of the books that are on NARM's suggested list (on the Candidate Information Booklet) and I'm going to create my own little curriculum to go along with the text books. I figured that if that works for me for the basics, that will allow me time to further pursue other topics that I will need to know about for foriegn missions. For example, I would love to do a whole study on pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding/nutrition for someone with AIDS or malnutition or other common afflictions in third world countries. I think a child birth education class would be very valuable also, because from what I have seen, many women in these countries don't know much about having a safe and healthy pregnancy/childbirth. Many women I know are very malnourished and continue drinking contaminated water throughout pregnancy, and end up having low birth weight babies or still births. That also makes me think any course with a major focus on nutrition would be a good one. I know that MIA has a lot of it, they even have a nurtrition unit called Nutrition and AIDS.
If you feel like you need a more directed study though, I think that the MIA is a good choice, from what I have seen. And luckily its not a major investment if it doesn't work out. Sorry I just wrote you a whole book here...you just sounded a lot like me so I wanted to help you out! :) Feel free to message me if you want to talk more!