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    Midwife!!!

    After spending '05, '06 & '07 in and out of three different courses; aimlessly studying with no real point more than to be able to say i have a degree, & five different jobs; working to 'save', though it never happened... giving birth has given me the most empowering & overwhelming feeling that i really want to a midwife.

    I just don't know where to start... Study is sort of out of the question at the moment because I'm a SAHM, and DF will be going back to Uni before i do... and we can't really both be at Uni at the same time.

    I know some universities will do Nursing by distance with a couple of weekend workshops for practical teaching and assessment (hmm, well maybe only the course offered by Open Universities does this), but I'm not sure if there is any that do for Midwifery... (someone please correct me if I'm wrong!)

    I could do a nursing degree and then a grad dip in Midwifery, meaning i'd be able to study by distance now and then complete qualifications later? Does this qualify me as a nurse (I'd want to work as a children's nurse) and a midwife?



    I also feel that if it's something i don't start working towards ASAP, i'll go back to having very little ambition and stop striving for all those things i want.
    I know, it's silly... but not having a goal to work on all the time, makes reaching that goal so much harder...

    So my question is, for the interim, do you think studying to be, and working as a doula would be a good start / experience? I thought maybe it would help with my entry to uni (what have you been doing with yourself for the last X amount of years?)
    It's something i was already considering, but i wonder if many people would find me all too useful (so to speak) as I am young??
    I know I was put off getting a doula myself because i didn't quite think i would gel with someone fifteen years older than me... does that apply with older mum's and younger doulas?

    I hope this has made sense, but I'd really love to hear some opinions from you all.

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    Another option that might help you towards your aim is becoming an ABA counsellor. It's baby related and when you're a midwife it would be so valuable.
    You could start by joining the ABA. You have to BF for a minimum period before you can be a counsellor.

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    Chloe, i had thought of that as well. I know it's a minumum of nine months though, so we have a fair way to go!! Guess it can't hurt to get in touch with my local ABA group now though. If only to keep me encouraged and motivated to keep BFing.

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    I'm not certain, but I thought you have to do nursing before specialising as a midwife? In which case, I'd just start on your nursing however and whenever you can, Ashlea.
    IRT becoming a doula, I'm not certain about the age thing, but I do know that most of the mums in my MG are 10 or so years older than me and we wouldn't have known unless we'd asked each other how old we all were. I think you'd have lots to offer I think it is more a case of how you interact with people as to whether or not they'll feel comfortable, not how old or young you are. JMO, and I wish you all the very best!

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    Ash, you can study Mid through distance ed - UniSA offers it. And yes, if you do your nursing via distance ed now and then post grad mid later, you are a qualified nurse at the completion of that degree (usually 3 years). You can work in the children's hospital as a nurse without having to do a speciality in peadeatrics. Not sure about being a Maternal Child Health Nurse though - I think they like you to have your mid? Maybe someone else can help you with that bit - I've never looked into it...

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    Ash - the ABA requirement for counsellors has changed - you only need 6 months combined breastfeeding experience ie you can have b'fed two babies for 3 months each and still qualify.

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    Snacks - I thought that originally too, but I looked into it and the Bachelor of Midwifery is offered at a few different Uni's with standard pre-reqs such as a pass in year 12 maths and english. Thanks for you advice WRT doulas. I do think that's a very good point as i suppose age doesn't make all too much difference!

    MG - Thanks for that info!! I had looked at Victorian Uni's but i sort of stopped there. MCHN's i think do require you to practise as a midwife - or so i have been informed by DS's. I will certainly look into uniSA.

    & Willow! - Woohoo, i didn't even bother to look at the ABA website, it;s just something i read in a thread recently, maybe the thread was outdated or something. That's excellent. My next goal is six months so there's an extra incentive!

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    You can do direct entry mid.

    You can do nursing and then do 1 extra year and do mid. (work in peads in mean time)

    MCHN is another 12-18 months study post you have been working in mid for a period of time. Its apparntly a really full on course and i know many who have dropped out of it.

    I did nursing first and worked for a number of years before doing mid, I loved nursing and now i love mid its very rewarding and exciting!!

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    Thanks feeb!

    I wonder if i'd be better of doing nursing and then a grad dip, that way i have both options under my wing.

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    Personally thats how i would suggest as that way you are more appealing to an agency and also if you were to work in a small country hopsital one day.

    I know some of the girls have had issues in smaller places gettong work as they can not working in general also all they can do is mid.

    doing both gives u such a diveres amount of areas to work.

    Good luck with it all if i can help in any ways just ask

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    i have no advice.. just wanted to say good luck with whichever direction you decide to take!!!


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    thanks rach

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    Ash, I'm about to start training as an ABA counsellor, my long term goal is to become a Mid, and LC But uni is out of the question ATM as DH is starting his own business, and besides, I think we should finish having our family first. Willow is right, you are required to have 6 months BFing experience.

    So in the meantime I'm going to keep my brain busy with my ABA training I'm really looking forward to it. And I figure it won't hurt down the track when I'm applying to uni. I'm trying not to get my hopes up about that though, it's apparently reeeeeaaally difficult to get into direct entry Mid. I think as a post-grad course too. Oh well, we can but try. And try again!

    Good luck hun

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    "it's apparently reeeeeaaally difficult to get into direct entry Mid"
    Oh damn!
    That's a pity because the ENTER's for CY12 entry are all around what i got when finishing high school, the only one above is the LTU double with nursing. Im feeling a little disheartened now,

    i was looking at it and i could do three units through open universities to help me get entry but id have to start that next year... and im keen to do it now... i just dont have the will to stick to it if im not going anywhere to start off with.
    ABA would be a great start but im still four months off even being able to start with that.
    i just need to stay interested and motivated... i don't know here that all went after high school!

    ETA: i meant the VIC ENTER's. The UniSA is around 90... 91 to do it externally... eeeeek. I know I'd be considered a NonY12 applicant, but i havent been doing anything for the last three years that would help me get in!
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    Ashlea, you could study and train as a doula in the meantime. I have heard that it's a great stepping stone to getting into midwifery. Esp if you have a few births under your belt.

    Good luck and go for it

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    Sorry Ash, I didn't mean to put you off. It just means we have to really strive to reach our goal. I think studying as a doula in te meantime would be a wonderful stepping stone, and who knows, you may love it so much you don't want to do anything else!

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    Lol Janie it's ok - i need to learn to stick to something!

    I got some more info from UniSA - though I am still incredibly confused.
    As I am under 21 at beginning of this year I am not eligible to do the STAT test, which is what you have to sit as part of mature age entry. But I am also not consider a CY12. How confusing.

    Maybe I will have a look at Optimum Birth & CBI & start with training as a doula to make it a stepping stone. Any recommendations?

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    Some of the universities only accept BMid students on the basis of academic results, so before you go off to do a doula course check what the university your applying to accept. I didn't do any doula training before starting my BMid and I absolutely don't think it needs to be looked at as a requirement. Nice to do if you want, but not imperative.
    I think that if you're going to be a midwife then you should do the BMid. I'm not a great fan of doing nursing and then mid if you don't have to. I think we should be really clear that midwives are not nurses. They are midwives. I personally hope that some of the Grad cert courses get closed down to encourage midwives to do the BMid, rather than continuing to view midwifery as a sub-section of nursing. Times, they are a changin'.

    Good luck.

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