Becoming a Midwife Nurse
Let’s have a look at how to become midwife nurse. Whilst not as popular as becoming a standard registered nurse there are many advantages. Let’s delve in to this a bit deeper.
With the existence of professional regulating bodies, it has been agreed that there should only be one standard route on how to become a midwife. Proper midwifery training serves as the entry ground for those who would like to pursue a career in this field.
This educational requirement also has a historical basis, for since the ancient times, rulers had made it mandatory for the midwives to learn certain rules and procedures before they could render their services to pregnant women.
Training to become a midwife nurse
Trainings for midwives are being offered in various career schools, particularly colleges and universities. Students may choose to study for a full-term (bachelor’s degree), an associate (two-years) or a certification course (six-month). However, choosing a particular length of training is not entirely a privilege. The programs are still subject to existing qualifications. For example, an allied health practitioner may simply take a six-month verification course in midwifery, while a high school graduate should take a direct-entry course that last for a minimum of three years.
Whether you are a nurse who considers a career change or a high school graduate who intends to join the midwifery profession, all you have to do is to study and get licensed for the job.
Many schools require up to a year of experience in a labor and delivery setting. Some prospective students take this first step by becoming doulas.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a trained companion hired by the client to coach her through a birth without pain medication. The doula attends labors and deliveries but does not perform any functions except encouragement. A nurse considering certified nurse midwife training might follow this track for a year to be sure.
Babies come at all hours of day and night, so it helps to know ahead if your energy level is up for this demanding vocation. The student will also have an extensive practicum before completing a graduate degree in this field. Practicum is based experientially on attending at least forty births along with all the other visits leading up to and following those births.
Additional gynecologic visits, and peri/post-menopausal care is also required as part of the practicum. Practicing these skills under supervision can take as long as two years.
Sitting the Midwife Exam Certification
The Australian Midwifery Certification Board provides guidelines for certification and requires re certification every five years, requiring proof of continuing education credit. Certification exams are administered regularly in a computer-based format at testing centres around the country.
Exam cost is about $500, so it’s important to be prepared both academically and financially for the certification exam.
Of all the nursing professions, pursuing certified nurse midwife training accesses the widest array of nursing care skills from birth to death to include regular exercise of basic surgical procedures. Choosing midwifery as a nursing vocation carries with it both monetary and spiritual rewards far beyond other nursing choices.
I hope this article gave you a bit of insight on how to become a midwife nurse. Thanks for reading!