Hi There! I am currently a CNM student as well. I have a BSN and work part-time as a nurse and go to school full-time. It's a lot of work, but very rewarding! I am already a nurse, so that is why I want to be a CNM. Also, I want to provide care for women through their lifespan, so that is another reason for me to choose CNM. I am doing a dual program and will graduate as both a CNM and as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.
I have a small child and we might have another before it's over, so I hope to initially work at a hospital so that I can keep shift work. Shift work is great with small kids--no scheduling surprises! Plus, that will give me the opportunity to have a lot of catches! After that, I hope to go into practice with an OB or a group and provide the more traditional midwifery care that we are trained to offer.
As for homebirth nurse-midwives, it depends where you live. A lot of the insurance companies restrict CNM's from doing homebirths (and they have to follow the rules if they want to keep their malpractice coverage). It's unfortunate, really. As a student, you will have a lot of restrictions put on you (again, for insurance purposes). I am not able to attend any births with anyone other than a preceptor, unless I first get approval from my advisor. The CNM must have adequate insurance for me to get approval. And they are pretty strict about these rules--breaking the rules is grounds for dismissal. So, ask those hard questions about homebirths berore you enroll so that there are no surprises.
Good luck and please keep me posted about your application. When do you expect to hear on your admission status?