The minimum requirements necessary to become a homebirth midwife in the US are...well, pretty minimal. Some states have tougher requirements for licensure--in WA, midwives have to have been present for at least 100 births to get certified. Although apprenticeship is still an option for midwife training, many aspiring midwives now attend midwifery schools (the Midwife Education Accreditation Commission, MEAC, accredits midwifery schools) that meet most of the requirement changes suggested here. It bothers me that there is likely a very wide range in experience and education among CPMS. I think that we need to raise the bar for midwifery training, and I think there are some good ideas here:
What do you think?