I want to become a midwife. My questions for you all are these: I've heard talk of CPM's being outlawed in the future, especially those who do not have a degree or have not gone to a MEAC school.;
Is there any possible truth to this? I know it is state by state, but where does the trend seem to be going? Any thoughts?
I have not heard from any reputable source about the CPM credential being revoked. Some states are starting to require a diploma from a MEAC school for licensing in their state, but that shouldn't affect working abroad unless it is a requirement of the agency you are working with.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
13yo ds 10yo dd 8yo ds and 6yo ds and 1yo ds
If the state currently licenses CPMs decides to change its licensing requirements, there is usually a period given for the current license holders to meet those additional requirements. Or there may be a grandfathering in piece. But it is rare for a licensed profession to become outlawed. Alegal states have become illegal states for midwives... I don't know of any example where licensed providers become outlawed or illegal. Though the licensing standards and requirements are subject to change - and they may change. It is state-by-state, and therefore difficult to make any prediction.
I find it curious that when many discuss midwifery schools - the choice seems to hinge on money and legality, not the quality of the education. Personally, I want the best education I can get. I also want a reputable credential, and a well-defined and comprehensive scope of practice.
I don't understand how having a license in the US pertains to working in developing countries. The license is only good in the state where you work. It really doesn't mean anything in another country. To work in another country, one has to abide by those countries' laws and regulations (if any) surrounding midwifery.
I hope you find a midwifery program that challenges you and prepares you for the type of work you want to do.
Thanks! I appreciate the well thought out replies. In the country where I live now, if you are not licensed in your home country, you cannot practice here. That is why I am thinking about that part of things. Have a great day!
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