Michelle Arp MS, BSN, RN, CNM
There are a couple routes. The most advisable but longer route is to get a BSN, pass the NCLEX exam, then gain two years of labor and delivery experience (strongly recommended), then enroll in midwifery program. You will graduate with strong skills preferable to employers. Most CNM's these days bypass the labor and delivery experience in favor of directly enrolling in a midwifery program after graduating with a BSN, or some type of bridge program after competing a 3 year RN program.
Another benefit of getting experience first is to better gauge if a career and life of a midwife is really what you want to do. It involves long hours, stress, responsibility, heartache, and obviously a lot of joy. I have met my share of midwives who ultimately really weren't equipped with the skills necessary. You need to have a strong, take charge personality at times. It is not for the weak.
Either direction will get you there though.