There are several ways to become a midwife in the United States. Choosing the path that best fits your personal philosophy and professional goals will require you to decide what you want to do as a midwife and which avenue of preparation will best get you where you want to go.
What is your philosophy about health care and childbirth?
What are your own personal experiences in health care and childbirth? Do you personally prefer the medical model of health care or holistic, “alternative” or “traditional” modalities? Do you want to learn how to open your own practice? Do you want your education to include holistic approaches such as herbs, homeopathy, chiropractic and oriental medicine in addition to drugs and medical treatments? Do you want your clinical training to be hospital based or do you want to learn how midwifery is practiced in birth centers and homebirths?