I'm currently a senior in high school on my way to starting college in the fall. A few months ago, I discovered an interest in becoming a midwife. What I would want to do with a career in midwifery is deliver babies and help women in settings outside of a hospital -- so things like home birthing with holistic approaches. What research I've done on becoming a midwife states that in most cases, I have to obtain a degree in nursing before entering studies into midwifery. These, I've noticed, are for midwives in a hospital setting, which is not what I'm looking to do. I'd rather not go through nursing school, considering I do not want to be a nurse. I understand nursing and midwifery go hand-in-hand, but there are some aspects of nursing that I'm not looking to do.
The reason I'm reluctant to major in nursing is because of my first love, which is languages. I have a goal of being fluent in six languages (if I realize this goal, I could technically go anywhere in the world and be able to communicate with someone). Thus, my time in college will largely be consumed with international majors. My desire to be a midwife is born from a larger vision to volunteer with medical brigades in third world countries. Of course, I could just volunteer as a translator -- but I'd really like to help women in third world countries with their prenatal health, birth, and postnatal health. When I was a sophomore in my school's debate program, the topic was whether or not to give foreign aid to Africa. My affirmative case centered on prenatal and neonatal health, women's rights issues, and safe birthing practices. It really opened my eyes to the shocking amount of complications and deaths that could be prevented with the right knowledge and tools on hand.
Information on options to midwifery that do not include obtaining a nursing degree is far and few between. I've read information on direct-entry midwives and apprenticeship programs, but have been unable to find much on where to complete any of this. Could someone help me? What options can I do to become a midwife certified to work outside of the hospital that does not include a nursing degree?
Thanks so much.