For many women, birth is a transformative experience and in the months and years after, some consider a career change to help other women.
For some women, that may be careers in midwifery. Becoming a midwife is a rewarding, challenging and amazing career. However, how to become a midwife varies by state so be sure to research the laws and requirements where you live.
If you think you have the right stuff to become a professional baby catcher, here are a few things to consider. Read on:
It takes time
Becoming a midwife isn’t an overnight endeavor. It can take years of schooling and then an apprenticeship period. It’s a big commitment!
A nursing/medical background helps
If you are a nurse or other medical professional, you might have a leg up on becoming a midwife. Certainly, you’ll be prepared for the medical terms, time commitment and other challenges – and you might also have some of the course requirements.
Hours and schedule
Being a midwife is a 24/7, 365 job. You’ll be on call at all hours of the day and night for births, which can sometimes be speedy – or slow. Babies don’t come on schedule! If you have little ones of your own, this can be something to consider, as childcare isn’t always flexible.
Be prepared to love it
Many midwives will tell you: There’s nothing like helping a woman give birth and being there as a new life enters the world. It might be difficult and have challenges, but it’s also incredibly rewarding.
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