I am investigating attending Seattle Midwifery School in the Fall of 2011. At this time I'd have a 1 year old and a 3.5 year old. I live in Los Angeles but the Seattle program is set up to be a distance learning program where the schedule goes as follows:
Yr 1 = 1 week/mo in Seattle
Yr 2 = 3-4 days/mo in Seattle
Yr 3 = 0-2 days/mo in Seattle
I've spoken with the admissions counselor and she informed me that those who attend and have small children have expressed that they couldn't do it without an extensive support network (usually family). We have no one. Like seriously just me and my husband. We'd have to hire any support network. I mentioned this in passing to the admissions counselor and she said, "Well then you may consider a live-in nanny" which didn't even occur to me as a necessity. That's an expense, above and beyond travel/lodging/etc, that I haven't even factored into this whole thing. We have the finances but ... obviously would rather not have to spend it if it wasn't necessary.
I have no idea what to expect from the schooling. What they've told me is - "Its INTENSE" - okay fantastic but what does that MEAN?!
My husband is willing to move to Seattle for school if that's necessary but, being as though we've moved a ridiculous amount in the past 3 years, it would be preferable not to if it wasn't necessary.
I'm looking for input, thoughts, harsh reality checks, etc. Be brutally honest if you need to.