My name is Christie, and I'm a 28 year old aspiring midwife. My husband and I have no children yet, just our four-legged furry daughter Ema. Why then, am I so sure that I want to do this? I don't know- but I do know that something is calling me, pulling me toward midwifery- Toward having my own future children the way my body was made to have them, and helping other women do the same. I feel almost physically pained when women I know schedule c-sections, because they are having "big" babies (~8lbs for the record) and when other women practically scream at the top of their lungs "give me drugs!" as soon as the stick turns blue! Don't they know that their bodies are made for this?!
I live in South Florida- always have, probably always will and I want to persue midwifery as a DEM. Luckily, it's legal here.I don't know how many of you are familiar with the particulars of Florida midwifery laws, but they are strict about the type of program you have to attend, what kind of births can be handled by midwives, etc. My husband and I own a home which is about 4 hours away from the Florida School of Traditional midwifery (Gainsville) and 1.5 hours away from the International School of Midwifery (Miami)- both significant commutes! I can't afford to quit my job to persue schooling, and I have looked into the distance programs. I'm pretty sure AAMI is out, as it doesn't conform with Florida rules (correct me if I'm wrong), so I think the only option is MCU, and maybe one other one that I can't remember.
I am considering becoming a childbirth educator in the near future so I can at least get near the field, and perhaps be able to leave my current job at some point to pursue midwifery education with greater focus. I'm going to order the "pathways to midwifery"(can't remember the exact name) book soon in addition to many others. (Books are a terrible weakness for me, I have a BA in English)
So here are the questions:
Anyone in Florida? (I have my MAF membership form sitting on my desk, but haven't had time to fill it out yet.)
What made you KNOW that you should be a midwife?
I believe most DEM programs require a preceptor and I know that there are several suggested ways to go about finding one. If you found one already, how did you find yours?
Anyone get pregant during while in her midwifery program that would be interested in sharing how you handled it? (Hubby & I have been married 6 years, and have been discussing TTC at some point during the next few years)
That's all I can think of right now, Thanks in advance for any feedback!