Is becoming a midwife right for me?

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How to become a Midwife

According to the definition of the International Confederation of Midwives, which has also been adopted by the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics:

"A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a Midwifery Education Programme that is recognized in the country where it is located and that is based on the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and the framework of the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education; who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery and use the title ‘midwife’; and who demonstrates competency in the practice of midwifery."

Midwifery education programs begin at the graduate level, therefore an undergraduate degree, typically in the sciences, is required for entrance into the program. However, some schools accept certified registered nurses into their midwifery education programs. Midwifery education programs in the United States are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).