Looking into becoming a midwife

And this is the only certification that the state of Pennsylvania currently grants. You are not allowed to get any other licenses to practice in this state.

Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
A Certified Nurse-Midwife is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. In Pennsylvania, CNM’s (Certified Nurse Midwives) can attend births in hospitals, birthing centers, and, with a written practice agreement with an current, practicing obstetrician, homebirths. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires licensing for CNM’s and the Department of Health is working to establish prescriptive authority for CNM’s.

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amandaMorrisville, Pennsylvania
    06/25/14
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    06/25/14
    amanda
    I am tossing the idea around. I wanted to research it first and see what the state does and doesn't allow and find out some information about getting licensed and how much it would cost first before making a final decision but I think it would be something I would enjoy doing. In a way I kind of like the fact that the state requires a obgyn to be involved even though that's not the traditional route. Only because that is what deterred me from trying anything like this was the thought of not being in the hospital and having a doctor there god forbid something when wrong. Not that I really researched it either when I was pregnant. I am not a 100% sure what I would like to do for a career but I think something along these lines at least. Or maybe even surrogacy. I have been looking into that also but it is something that takes a lot of though and selflessness and there is a limit on how many times you can be a surrogate. I am thinking that I may go through with that and use the money to pursue a career in something. Just not sure what yet. But it will give me time to think about it at least.
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    06/25/14
    amanda
    Yeah. I am still not 100% on what I want to do. Just something along the lines of labor and delivery I feel. I just think it would be interesting to be involved in some of the non-traditional births so to speak since I myself didn't go through with doing something like that I thought it might be an interesting experience.
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      06/25/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I think there are still many states that require CNM for midwifery. If a CNM can maintain the philosophy of midwifery while knowing how to manage worse case scenarios with medical intervention, then that's good. Otherwise CNMs are obstetric nurses who can attend home births.
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      06/25/14
      amanda
      So basically I could work in or out of the hospital with a CNM license if I understand all of this correctly. It would be nice to know that I can always fall back on the hospital if I am finding it hard to get a position with a birthing center or essentially work alongside a obgyn that delivers at home. All of this is still a new concept to me so I have no idea what kind of training or qualifications I should go through.
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      06/25/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Right, you'd be able to work in a hospital or birth center.
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