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  • carnationsandrobotsDo you have any advice on becoming a midwife? I'm realizing what feels like kind of late in the game (one more year to go on my undergrad) that midwifery sounds more rewarding to me than going into obstetrics.
  • themidwifeisin

    Absolutely!  First, check out this post where I described different types of midwifery.

    Then, my suggestion is to try a few of the following things to see if you like doing the actual work:

    1. Train as a birth doula - A doula is a support person who is completely focused on the pregnant client during pregnancy, labor and birth, offering them and their partners informational, physical, and emotional support.  They might rub backs, explain procedures, coach breathing, encourage position changes, etc.  They stay with the pregnant person throughout labor and usually about 1 hour after the birth. 
    2. Shadow a midwife - I shadowed a few homebirth midwives and was so amazed and wowed by the experience.  I offered to do postpartum doulaing for the families who allowed me to watch their births, which meant coming over 2-3 times after their birth to help do dishes, laundry, cook, watch the baby while mom showered, care for the older children, etc.
    3. Do a midwifery service project - I went to Morocco through Projects Abroad  while I was in college and volunteered as a midwife’s assistant for 3 months.  Essentially I was a doula, but I was able to spend all my time doing it.  I probably saw 150 births during that time, and it was amazing to see and learn.

    Then you can start thinking about nursing and midwifery school, doing prereqs, etc.

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