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Sedi Tlugvi
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I wasn't particularly sure where this would best fit, so if my topic needs to be moved, by all means, feel free =]

I'm 20 years old and currently in my first year at my local community college. I'm pretty much exploring all sorts of majors as of now and would really like to narrow it down so that I can start some research and shadowing to see if it's something I'd really like to pursue.

I've sort of been toying with the idea of Obstetrics & Gynecology. I'd really enjoy something within a field relating to women's health, physically or mentally, but after doing some research, becoming an OB/GYN is much more intense and laborous than I had assumed it to be. Although I love school, I'd really like a career that wouldn't take forever to start working in. =]

So I thought maybe you guys could suggest some areas for me to look into? I'd really appreciate it, considering I have no idea where to start. Thank you so much! =D

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Beckylein
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I'm currently looking into doing a Bachelor's of Midwifery because, although I'm nearly done with the two degrees that I'm working on, I'm not going to be satisfied working in that field. A BMW is only a four-year program and you can start work right after you graduate [Smile] I'm looking at the University of British Columbia's program (which looks so cool! I'm really excited about it). I haven't looked at programs in the States, though I know there's some kind of program/training in Seattle. It may be an idea for you, since you're interested in women's health and obstetrics and gynecology. Good luck!

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kamille
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I agree - have you ever thought of going to Canada? They have excellent programs in health, and British Columbia has a very devoted female population (I swear it's the west coast.) -http://www.wmst.ubc.ca/

Other excellent universities are Waterloo, University of Guelph, and of course, the University of Toronto.

-http://www.womensstudies.uwaterloo.ca/
-http://arts.uoguelph.ca/wstudies/
-http://www.utoronto.ca/wgsi/

I would look up all the Woman's Studies programs and also the biology/chem etc.

Look up your top ten, then check out every single website to make sure that the school is the right fit for you.

This may not be exactly what you're looking for, but I hope I helped somewhat (even though you are from the States!)

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Beckylein
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Here's a list of Midwifery schools in the States, by the way. It looks like there's a Midwifery program at U Penn as well as a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner program. Here's links to both!

Midwifery Schools in the States:
http://www.motherstuff.com/html/2midwifery-schools2.htm

UPenn:
http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/whcs/Pages/default.aspx

I did notice that quite a few of the links are broken in the first, but at a minimum, it gives an idea of what to google [Smile]

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Just to plug- if your thinking about being a midwife, being a nurse is a great way to start. BUT just to be fair, I am getting my BSN (bachelors of Science in Nursing) and It's not a blow off thing, before nursing school you take a lot of the classes pre-med students do. But it could be a great way to get into many different aspects of health care. Advanced degrees in Midwifery or as a Nurse practitioner are great options!!! (but I have a biased opinion because it's what I'm doing) I hope to become a CNM!
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