About Becoming a Midwife

This page has been designed to assist those who are interested in becoming a midwife.

The CMA recommends all prospective midwives try to get their hands on the book, “Paths to Becoming a Midwife: Getting an Education,” published by Midwifery Today Magazine, October 1998.

Things to consider before pursuing midwifery education:

  • Do you have a family?
    • If so can you leave them for 24 hours or more?
    • Do you have reliable childcare that can help you anytime day or night?
  • Do you have a reliable car?
  • Can you devote time to gaining an extensive education without any income?
  • If you have a job, can you leave work at a moment’s notice?
  • Can you go for long periods (24 hours) without sleep?
  • Do you handle crisis and chaos well?
  • How do you feel about being on call 24 hours a day – 7 days a week?
  • Are you self-disciplined AND self motivated?
  • How will you get your training? The hardest part about becoming a midwife in Colorado may be finding the right preceptor.

These are a few of the critical things to consider. Midwifery is a very rewarding path, but equally as challenging. It takes most students at least two years to complete their training. Four years is more realistic—just for the training. After you complete your training, it generally takes three years to establish a practice. Midwifery is not for the weak of spirit or people who require immediate gratification!

More questions?

What is the difference between a Registered Midwife and a Certified Nurse Midwife?
How do I become a homebirth midwife in Colorado?
What should I be reading?

Related Links

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies for Midwives

Midwives Alliance of North America

North American Registry of Midwives

Midwives Education Accreditation Council