Ok ladies here's a little back ground. . .I have over 60 hours of college at a state university. My credits are general ed.s and mainly education because I wanted to be a teacher MY WHOLE LIFE. But things change. I had my daughter and ended up quitting and am now a stay at home mom. Well I don't want to be a teacher anymore. I still love working with children but it just didnt seem like the field I really wanted anymore.
So now i've been trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I love staying home and would do it forever but my husband would really like me to go back to school. So I've considered doing online courses and then classes while dd is in school (next year). I've thought about a ton of 2 year degrees that I could do...and be done with fast. But then i think about it...and wonder if i should settle or really buckle down and do something I'm really pationate about. After getting pregnant with my dd and then successfully having a natural birth and breastfeeding past the first year (should have went 2 and regret it) Ive been nore interested in the health field. I don't really want to be a nurse. I looked into beastfeeding because I wanted to help women make it and not give up and educate them on what the dr.'s "forget" to tell you. But I live in a small town and we have VERY FEW lactation consultant positions so it seemed like a lot of schooling to not know if i was going to get a job. So I have a new vision that needs input. I have realized here lately how pissed i get at OB's and some of the deisions they make. Like i said i don't even have degree and many times i feel like I know more about the basics than they do.....such as whoever decided laying in a bed not moving for hours on end with a pit line was better for delivery than walking the baby out is ridiculous (and seriously the ob's and nurses around here are like that even without stalling or complications). So I feel like all of these thoughts and feelings are signs of being very pationate toward the birthing field and toward natural moms in general.
So my questions are: What is the difference in a CNM and a Midwife or are they the same? What do you know about how to become one or the other (I am researching as we speak but thought you ladies might know as well)? And any advice in general on this?
I'm a Breast Feeding, CIO, Spanking When Necessary, Early Potty Training, Stay At Home, Pageant Going, Gymnastics and Cheer Mom and Army Wife!