I am an currently apprenticing to be a direct entry midwife in Georgia. I, too, looked into the CNM route and ran into the same roadblocks as you. Having no science background, I would first have had to do the prerequisites, then apply to nursing school. Additionally, before being accepted into a master's program for midwifery, I would have had to acquire 1-2 years of childbirth experience as a labor and delivery nurse. So,you do the math: 4 years of nursing school, 1-2 years of work experience, and 2 years for the master's program. I began to think med school would be just as attractive at this point! All throughout my information gathering, I knew that what I was really interested in was homebirth. It began to seem really silly to go through nursing school (with probably only a quarter's worth of exposure to birth)just to get into position to be able to be around birth as a labor/delivery nurse. Plus, in Georgia, CNM's can not attend homebirths legally. That is where people probably get the idea that it is illegal to have a homebirth in Georgia. So, I began to look into direct entry midwifery and what all that involved. Currently, I apprentice with a primary midwife who has been attending homebirths for 14 years. Over time, I've been given more responsibilities, and I am now getting ready to attend my first birth as a "primary" midwife, under my midwife's supervision. Academically, I am enrolled in a distance learning program called Ancient Art Midwifery Institute. It is an incredibly flexible, yet amazingly rigorous course that is a bargain! I am very happy with my decision and feel that it is right for me. I would be happy to answer any more of your questions. just let me know.