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I am wondering if I start off being a midwife, is there a way I can switch in middle to a nurse midwife? Also, how much years off school total is it to be a midwife, and a nurse midwife? What is the difference between them? Thanks!

I am in 10th grade, and I am interested in the field of labor and delivery. I find women to be amazing and I would love to be part of the process, to bring more babies into this world! I am interested in Biology and anatomy and physiology.

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Elicia’s Answer

Hi Karen,

It's fantastic that you're exploring this incredible field. I'm rooting for you all the way!

If nursing sparks your interest, I'd suggest checking out a nearby college to discover what nursing courses they offer and what prerequisites they might need. Once you've had a chance to explore these courses, you'll get a clearer picture of the time commitment involved. Keep in mind, every school and state might have different requirements.

Remember, healthcare is an ever-evolving field. It's all about constant learning, embracing fresh ideas, using innovative tools, and tackling diverse challenges. In your English class, for instance, you might have to write an interview-based paper. Maybe you could find a nurse from the Labor & Delivery department who could spare some time to answer your questions. But don't lose heart if it's tough to coordinate schedules; their shifts can sometimes stretch to 10-12 hours.
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Karen,

To become a Registered Nurse (RN) you have to earn a bachelors in a nursing program (4 years). To become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CMN) you have to do a masters program (2 years) or a doctorate (4 years) in a nurse-midwife program. So, it's RN first, CMN after.

The designation midwife is not well protected in the US, so you'll find all levels of education as midwifes. I would recommend to go for the RN -> CMN path. It's the most comprehensive training and you'll be well equipped for all kinds of situations.

You find more details here:

https://nursinglicensemap.com/advanced-practice-nursing/certified-nurse-midwife-cnm/

https://nursinglicensemap.com/nursing-specialties/registered-nurse/

I hope this helps, and good luck on your path!

KP
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