I have 5 children. I have wanted to be a midwife for a long, long time. At least 10 years. Before that I wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor. I too, "had my eyes opened." I wanted to be able to "be there" as much as possible for my kids in their youngest years. When my LO was about 6 months old, I developed a 7 year plan to include midwifery school (was thinking MEAC accredited at that time) and apprenticeship, fitting in so my youngest child/ren would be in childcare for a minimum of time--maybe one or two days per week, and occasionally for births.
I had great joy in studying birth for many years, "for fun" and exploring whether I was really interested in birth work. I have done some volunteer work along the way and enjoyed myself greatly! I am now thrilled to have started my process, and my youngest is 2. I love my learning opportunities. I hope/anticipate practicing for at least 10 years; I may be burned out by the end of that time anyway and ready to retire and be a grandma and volunteer. I hope to be able to do midwifery in a missionary role when DH retires, or at least support women's health in a public health setting locally or abroad.
One thing that I would have done differently was to get my certification as a CBE sooner, but if you don't want to teach CB classes maybe you could get some doula training. An occasional client might fit well with a young family for awhile.
You should read the Midwifery Today book "Paths to Midwifery." It's a great history and place to start. Have a great journey. Seems like everything is in place; things could move again.