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Last post 12-14-2011 12:17 AM by afritt. 4 replies.
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  • 11-08-2011 2:29 PM

    • mcsale
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    Looking for insight/advice

     Hello ya'll! I've been interested in the birth profession since my first was born in the hospital. There had to be a different way, so I started researching midwifery, homebirths, and freestanding birth centers. At the time, we lived in MO and the environment there for midwifery was not good. Much to my delight, my husband landed a job that took us to Colorado Springs, an hour away from a freestanding birth center. My second-born was born there shortly after moving to Colorado. The midwives and nurses that worked there were incredible and ignited a passion inside of me for birth. I started studying all things birth and decided that when my second child was old enough I was going to pursue midwifery. Then, surprisingly, I became pregnant with my third baby and decided to stay home a little longer. During that time my husband had a mid-life crisis and decided to join the Army. I was, and still am, very supportive of his decision.

    Anyway, I still want to pursue this passion of mine, but it may get complicated with 3 kids and a soldier husband. We'll be moving every 2-3 years, which isn't long enough to finish a nursing program. Originally, I started college w/ a major in education and minor in biology.  Now, I'm thinking I'll finish my bachelor's, but with a major in biology or nutrition (so I can have most of my prereq's covered for the BSN) and pursue my accelerated BSN as a second degree option, then jump into an MSN/CNM program. Right now, because of the schools history and leaning toward holistic care, Frontier is at the top of my list for the MSN/CNM. In the meantime, I hope to work as a doula and CBE. This will cover the 1 year experiance in healthcare that Frontier requires. That, OR, maybe work as an assistant for a CPM. I've also thought about going the CPM route, and with Maternidad La Luz 15 minutes away I've considered taking a year to pursue that.

     I did consider the ADN, and applying for the Bridge to MSN program at Frontier, but by the time I fulfill the prereq's and get ranked we'll be moving again. We're a military family, and we'll move one or two more times in the next 5 years, which is why I wonder if the B.S., followed by the accelerated BSN, could be more beneficial for us.

    I've mentioned all this, and listed my "Plan of Action(s)" below, because I would love some insight/advice and words of wisdom from anyone that has pursued there calling later in life (I'll be pushing 40 when I finish!) If you have managed to read all of this... THANK YOU!

    Plan of Action #1

    1. Brush up on math and complete doula/cbe training

    2. Apply for school/Register for classes

    3. Complete A.S.

    4. Transfer to a 4-year college/university for BS in Nutrition or Biology

    5. During final semester apply for A-BSN or A-BSN/MSN program

    6. Graduate!

    7. Begin A-BSN or A-BSN/MSN/DNP program

    8. Graduate!

    Plan of Action #2

    1. Complete A&P and learn some Spanish

    2. Apply at Maternidad La Luz

    3. Complete program in 12-18 months - Find a CPM to assist/back-up

    4. Apply/register for classes

    5. Complete A.S.

    6. Transfer to a 4-year college/university for BS in Nutrition or Biology

    7. During final semester apply for A-BSN or A-BSN/MSN program

    8. Graduate!

    9. Begin A-BSN or A-BSN/MSN/DNP program

    10. Graduate!

    Plan of Action #3

    1. Brush up on math and complete doula/cbe training

    2. Apply for school/Register for classes – Complete pre-req’s forADN

    3. Apply and rank for ADN program

    4. Complete ADN

    5. Apply for the ADN-MSN/DNP Bridge at Frontier.

    6. Graduate!




  • 11-26-2011 4:34 PM In reply to

    Re: Looking for insight/advice

     Have you considered looking in to the NARMS PEP Process, and going from there? It seems a lot simpler, especially if you will be doing any moving around....

  • 11-27-2011 8:52 PM In reply to

    Re: Looking for insight/advice

    The best piece of advice I can give is to quiet your mind and follow your intuition. If the answer isn't right there, on the tip of your tongue and at the center of your heart, then you might have to dig a little deeper. Ask yourself, what do you see when you picture your future-midwife-self? Do you see a CPM doing homebirths? A CNM working in a birth centre? Why? If you are unsure, it may help to interview local midwives to discover the benefits and limitations of different practices and philosophies of care. Listen to your heart when you hear something rings true with you, and begin developing your own philosophy of care.

    What do you want and expect of your midwifery education? Is it important to you to receive a college degree? Do you need an independent program that will allow you to travel and to set your own pace? Are you a student who thrives in structured classroom settings? 

    The second piece of advice I can give is to scrap your plans and start attending births as an assistant/apprentice. Your experiences will naturally unveil your path more clearly than any plan ever could. There's a great Midwife Assistant workshop at The Farm.. it's a good place to start if you need some preparation. Elizabeth Davis' Heart and Hands course is also a great place to start, providing foundational knowledge, skills and inspiration as you begin your path. 

    If you're interested in becoming a CPM, there are 3-year distance academic programs that students pair with an apprenticeship in order to sit for the NARM exam. The National Midwifery Institute (my school) and The National College of Midwifery (which offers a AS/BS degree) are two of many. If you'll be moving around a lot and have other commitments (family, work, etc) and if you're good at managing your own study schedule, then this type of program might be up your alley. 

    Hope some of this helps! Good luck and God bless <3


    "Above all, I wanted to implant the secret of love in your hearts. I hoped to teach you to be brothers to all living things, and to become so full of love that you will not fear even sorrow and death and receive them like brothers and sisters as they come to you."
    --Hermann Hesse, 'Peter Camenzind'
  • 11-30-2011 11:42 AM In reply to

    • midwifea
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    Re: Looking for insight/advice

    Beautifully said, Chelsea!


    "The Voice

    There is a voice inside of you
    That whispers all day long,
    "I feel this is right for me,
    I know that this is wrong."
    No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
    Or wise man can decide
    What's right for you--just listen to
    The voice that speaks inside."
    — Shel Silverstein
  • 12-14-2011 12:17 AM In reply to

    • afritt
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    • Joined on 12-13-2011
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    Re: Looking for insight/advice

     What I am doing, with a husband in the marine corps, is doing a correspondance school.  This is for a direct entry midwife which is just homebirths and illegal in some states (inculding NC where we are stationed)  It is 4-5 years to get my bachelors, but we have students in the Middle East even so they are accomadating.  It's also very fluid, you have a year to finish each course once you open it.


    Check into MyCAA as well as they will pay up to $2,000 or $2,500 (can't remember which) but it has to be an AA degree.  (I just signed up for that and will change it to a bachelor once it's all used up.


    Hope you find your path, it can be difficult knowing that you can move anywhere at any time.

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