Originally Posted by NewSolarMomma
From what I have read none of the countries you mentioned accept CPMs, allow them to practice at all, and will sometimes prosecute non licensed MWs if they do practice. The standards are too dissimilar; all of those countries have midwives that have educational and training requirements equal to our CNMs.
I am pretty sure (but not positive) that of all industrialized countries only the USA allows CPMs (or any other direct entry MWs). Canada use to have CPMs but they were banned a few years ago.
There are other countries you may not have considered where you're skills will be valuable. I live in Mexico, on the Pacific, and its great here even though I don't speak Spanish :)
I'm certain that midwives in Canada, New Zealand, and the Netherlands have a four year degree in midwifery-no nursing degree required first. Germany I'm not sure about. England and Ireland both require nursing degrees.
All Candian midwives are "registered". If by CPM you mean "unlicensed", then yes, there are probably midwives doing home births in Canada that aren't registered, and I don't know what, if any, prosecution there is.
homebirthing, this link http://cmrc-ccosf.ca/node/221 will be able to tell you if you are eligible for the bridging program. If your training is exclusively apprenticeship with no formal education, you aren't eligible, but they have an assessment process for midwives with a lot of experience.
And, of course, if you don't want to work in a hospital, you may not be interested in coming to Canada! :)