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Hey guys! So, a little history about me. I have a degree in psychology but don’t really like counseling or research too much so I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection. I have always loved sexual reproduction (learning and teaching about it— and practicing it). Throughout middle and high school I was a somewhat student sex ed teacher at my school, always counseling and advising the other students on their sexual behaviors. I loved it. LOVE LOVE LOVEd it and always wanted to become a sex ed teacher someday.
Then a couple years ago I got the chance to witness my friend give birth to her daughter. LOVED it. LOVE LOVE LOVEd it. Now all I want to do is watch babies be born. I’m watching baby stories, watching live births online. Learning all I can about birthing procedures.
I think I want to be an OBGYN. But the schooling is so loooonnnnnnggggggggg… and I want to have a baby someday. I’m 26 today, and if I go back to school to finish med school requirements I’d be 28/29 when I start med school. Is this too old? Will I have time to have a baby before, during or after? Do you have any anecdotal help?
This is like my dream job, but I can’t imagine NOT having children with the love of my life because I’m too busy doing school work.
Post # 3
@MrsSanchizel: Maybe consider being a midwife or a doula if you’re not up for the length of schooling?
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I’ve thought about being a midwife and I’d like to know the difference between the two besides the obvious dr/nurse titles. Definitely not a doula, as they don’t actually deliver babies.
Post # 5
@MrsSanchizel: That’s true (about the doula) but I just figured it might be a good job if you were interested in the whole birthing process 🙂
A midwife is welcome to correct me but based on a brief Google search it looks like a midwife training is a master’s degree after a nursing degree. Here’s an example of a program: http://www.seattlemidwifery.org. This breaks down more of the requirements: http://www.seattlemidwifery.org/midwifery-education/two-degree-opt.html
Post # 6
@MrsSanchizel: There are generally two kinds of midwives, lay midwives and certified nurse midwives. There are differnces between the two and definite differences between each and an OBGYN. Lay midwives have less schooling and I believe are pretty limited to deliveries and prenatal care – they are not nurses. CNM’s are advanced practice nurses who do prental care and low risk deliveries but also perform well-woman care – I see one for my routine female stuff. They can prescribe medication, as well. Basically the biggest difference between a CNM and OB, IMO, is midwives can’t do surgery or handle high risk pregnancies.
Disclaimer: Not an OB, just someone who decided to go the CNM route for my routine and pregnancy care.
Post # 7
PA school? You could go work in OBGYN!
Post # 8
PA work in OBGYN? I didn’t know that. I’m interested in PA but thought they were more general practice.
Anyone out there an OBGYN, PA or CNM?
Post # 9
I’m not an OBGYN, but I’m getting a PhD and know a lot about the schooling process. If you are really considering medical school and have at least a 3.5 GPA from undergrad with all the premed requirements, I would take the MCAT and see how it goes. It will give you a good sense for the rigors of med school, and if you get below a 30 it will be very hard for you to get into a medical school. So throughout all of this, the decision may become much easier. It sounds to me like a midwife might be a better position for you. If you go to medical school, you’ll have to learn a whole lot of stuff that has nothing to do with babies. You probably wouldn’t be delivering babies for 5-10 years. I don’t know about midwife training, but I bet with some good googling you could find out!
Post # 10
@RunnerBride13: Thanks for that reply. I’m not worried about the learning portion of school, just the putting off of baby making time. lol But I’m going to talk to my FI about that when he gets home. Currently I do have better than a 3.5 and still have some science courses to do (which I do well at).
I’ve been looking up PA stuff and it seems that you need patient care experience to get into a program (like 1000 hours). Luckily I’ve been planning to become an EMT so if I go that route that’ll fulfill that requirement.
Midwife… hmmm… things are never easy.
Post # 11
You’re not too old for med school. I’ve known people that went to med school in their 30s and early 40s, when they decided to switch careers or after they were done having children. One thing to keep in mind is the cost of medical education and managing any student loan debt. Also IMO, OBGYN is a very intense specialty and very demanding in terms of time and dedication, but very rewarding too! If you love it, if it’s your dream profession, go for it!!
Post # 12
It might be worth bearing in mind that OBGYN is not just about babies – it is anything to do with that area of a womans body. You will not always be watching babies be born, if at all. OBGYN are probably only involved when there are complications etc. Of course Im talking from a UK perspective, USA may be different. Whenever I go onto the maternity ward in my local hospital (Im a HCA), I rarely see doctors, just midwives and HCAs. Performing operations etc, eg hysterectomy is also a job for the OBGYN.
I dont know how the courses work in America but if its just watching babies be born that you want to do, I would personally go for a midwifes role rather than an OBGYN.
If you want to be a doctor first, dealing with babies second go for it, but if you just want to deal with babies, watch them be born, I would waste the time or money.
Post # 13
Kinda late here but I am PA and they can definitely work in OB/GYN. PA education is generalized, but all programs have an OB/GYN rotation, and after graduation and taking the boards you would just have to get hired with an OB/GYN. Some docs have PAs work a lot with deliveries, other not. On my rotation, the full time PA did a lot with C-sections, surgeries and office visits but not as much with vaginal deliveries, and I have heard of other places where PA’s do most of the vaginal deliveries!
Post # 14
First thing I would say is that being an OB/gyn is not just about delivering babies. You have to remember that they are surgeons too and must go through the tough training of becoming a surgeon. I think you should first look more into what an ob/gyn does and then decide if it is really for you. Delivering babies is a joyful part of the job. But of course things can also go wrong and this can be a very difficult and devastating. Also you would have to consider if you would want to do the GYN part of the job as it is very different. In training you must do both so that is something else to think about. Afterward you can choose to do a specialty (fertility, high risk pregnancy, etc). But that would involve additional training.
If you decided that this is really and truly what you want to do, i dont think that you are too old too start the process. Many people going through medical school and residency training have successfully started their family. But not going to lie to you, it will be hard. And OB/GYN is one of the more rigorous specialty. If you think of the amount of hours a resident work in a week you can see why (a medicine resident is supposed to work 60hr a week but most people do a lot more than that). Plus your schedule can vary from day to night to day etc.
Just make sure to do some serious thinking before you decide. If you are going for it then my one advice is to make sure you have a very good emotional support system. Good luck in your decision 🙂
Post # 15
So I always thought to be a midwife you had to go through nursing school (which is honestly the worst thing in the whole entire world….I still get anxiety when I think about those ridiculous tests and teachers…) Anyway – A quick google search brought me to this school which says no nursing necessary: http://www.seattlemidwifery.org/midwifery-education/mep-overview.html
Just something to think about if you wanted to be a midwife. Which I know you said OBGYN but someone mentioned midwife instead.
I agree with PP that OBGYN do WAYYYYY MORE than birthin’ babies!