I'm going for it...

I contacted my midwife to say I'd like to give it a go. I'll try being a student midwife for 5-6 births and see if I am cut out for it and if she thinks I'm cut out for it. As I said before, I won't start attending births until August, however, I will begin going to prenatals on Thursdays - this week! So it should be interesting. I'm nervous and excited rolled into one. I wasn't expecting to be on the midwifery path for a few more years until my little ones were older but we'll see where it takes me/us.

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    06/23/14
    4Katie
    Yay!!! I am very glad to hear this and I can't wait to hear about your journey! I think that you are cut out for it and I think you will do great!!
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    06/23/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Thanks, Katie, I hope so. It's the legal stuff and the atmosphere here in IL. The nice part is my midwife is legal in WI so those that are close to the WI border can be taken to friendlier, legal territory.
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    06/23/14
    4Katie
    I would love to be a midwife but it is not easy in our area with a lot of legal and social issues. I dream about moving somewhere more midwife friendly.
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    06/23/14
    8Theresa Gould
    I understand that aspect. That's why I was excited to find out Nova Scotia is hiring midwives at the hospitals and actually needs midwives...should we decide to move there.
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    06/23/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Stephanie, I've had my last three at home. Just not so sure about witnessing other people's births...yet.
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      06/23/14
      May I ask how to get information about becoming a midwife, I really think I would love it and would like to look into it! That is so awesome, please keep us posted, excited for you for sure!
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      06/23/14
      amanda
      I think it would be an awesome and interesting job! If I even knew where to begin I would look into maybe doing it for a living. Is it expensive to get certified? And does it pay well? I would love to get back into the working world and do something I would love and I think this would be awesome.
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      06/23/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Paige, first check your state's legal situation. Then you can look up a midwife in your area to learn more about her practice and you can visit NARM.org for requirements and skills required to become a Certified Professional Midwife, if that is your choice. Direct entry is also an option but CPM will give you credentials that DE won't, at least that's how I look at it.
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      06/23/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Your midwife births sounds similar to my births. I had five hospital births, plus three miscarriages in the hospital. Then I had three home births and three miscarriages at home.
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        06/23/14
        Oh yay! That is amazing!
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          06/23/14
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          06/23/14
          8Theresa Gould
          I am not sure why for sure but I think there's a bit of history, lawsuits/prosecution and some bad outcomes with midwives, unfortunately.
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            06/23/14
            I will check it out when we get to alabama, I looked it up a little and it looks like I might need an RN degree first. Does that sound right?
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            06/24/14
            8Theresa Gould
            It depends on the state so maybe to practice legally.
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