I am a 20-year-old college student, just finishing up my first two degrees (a BA in German Studies and in a BA in English). I have always been very drawn to the birth process and interested in all things maternal (ante- and postnatal). For the last two years, I have been seriously considering becoming a midwife instead of going to graduate school. I really feel that it is much more "me" and a profession I would be so happy in. This fall, I am applying to UBC's (University of British Columbia) Midwifery programme. They only take 10 people a year, so, while I am very hopeful, I don't know if I will get in. Can anybody tell me about other programmes in Canada (or possibly one in Seattle - where I hail from)?
Too, I would love to know the good, bad and ugly about working in midwifery. If you could do it over again, would you become a midwife? What are challenges that you have come up against in this profession? There's only one midwife that I know of in the city that I live in (Regina), and midwifery is not covered by health care in SK. Where I will go to school (presuming I get in) in BC, it is covered and is therefore more prevalent. I have a lot of questions about schooling and everything, but I don't know how to contact the midwife here. I'm hoping you ladies can help me out!