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How do I get on the path to become a midwife?

I'm a junior in high-school right now and I already know I want to be a midwife. However, I don't know how I would start on that path and I would like to figure it out before I start my senior year. I feel as though Google didn't real help and I thought I'd try here.

Thank you comment icon Hi good morning! Super congratulations for your determination on that path! In my personal opinion if you love that, and it is what do you want to do, maybe you should focus on that path and make a career of that in college. Congrats! Good luck! Charly Rodriguez

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Kim’s Answer

Licensing Requirements to Become a Midwife in Ohio
In Ohio, individuals with specialty education in midwifery must become licensed as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). This requires having RN licensing in the state and then pursuing a certificate in the area of expertise pursued through their graduate-level education. For example, someone interested in becoming a certified nurse midwife (CNM) in the state would seek a Certificate of Authority (COA) through the Ohio Board of Nursing to practice as a CNM. Applicants for the COA must already:

Have a graduate degree or post-graduate certificate
Be licensed as a registered nurse (RN)
Have national certification

Once an APRN has been granted permission to work in the midwife field, they will then have to renew both their RN license and COA to continue employment in Ohio. A fee is required for RN licensing renewal, which can be done online in most cases. Additionally, RNs need to have 24 hours of continuing education to seek renewal of their license. RN licensing is good for two years, although this runs from September 1st of an odd-numbered year through August 31st of the following odd-numbered year. As well, those with a COA, like the certified nurse midwife, must maintain their national certification. Finally, any APRN who has been granted a Certificate to Prescribe (CTP) must renew this as well. To do this, 12 continuing education hours are needed if the CTP has been held for a full renewal period.

https://www.alliedhealthworld.com/becoming-midwife-in-ohio.html

Kim recommends the following next steps:

Have a graduate degree or post-graduate certificate
Be licensed as a registered nurse (RN)
Have national certification
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Karissa’s Answer

Midwives in America are usually Registered Nurses. RN's (Registered' Nurses) go to universities and get bachelor degrees. More training happens after this but planning on getting into a RN program is your first step.

Karissa recommends the following next steps:

Try and take AP Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Take the AP test and earn a 3 or a 4
Find a RN and shadow them for a day
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Aisha’s Answer

Hello Lola,

Usually, a recognized full-time midwifery degree course spans over a period of three years. This journey is divided evenly between academic learning at a university and hands-on, supervised experience in various settings. If you're already working in a related field, there's a flexible option to pursue a part-time course that extends over five to six years.

For Registered Nurses who have a Bachelor's degree and are looking to specialize further, there are Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs available. These programs offer a focus in nurse midwifery or a dual concentration in nurse midwifery and women's health. This could be a great opportunity to advance your skills and broaden your knowledge in this rewarding field.
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