If you are interested in becoming a midwife, there are things you can do to prepare for your career while in high school. These include:
1. Follow a college preparatory curriculum
Take 3 years of math, including geometry and algebra II
Take 3 years of science, including biology and chemistry
Take 4 years of English
Take 2 years of a foreign language
Participate in extra-curricular activities that are related to health care, such as volunteering at local health clinics or women's health centers.
Read books that describe the lives of present day American midwives. (Click here for ACNM?s selected reading list.)
Talk with practicing midwives, women's health nurse practitioners, doulas, and childbirth educators in your local community. You can also network with ACNM on Facebook at www.facebook.com/acnmmidwives.
5. Consider the skills, talents, qualities needed for a career in midwifery
Specialized knowledge, such as human anatomy and physiology
Excellent listening and observation skills
Good oral and written communication skills
Independence and ability to work in a team
Patience and ability to act quickly
Desire to help others