HI Debbie! Thanks for all of your help with NARM! It's a big job -- and now this forum will help us stay in touch with each other. I'm a CPM, LM in California & I did graduate from the National College of Midwives. I had a difficult time getting
my "numbers," in California, even though I paid a preceptor LM with her own well-established birth center. She wouldn't let me do the births unless it was convenient for her. So I "went down to Casa" (Casa de Nacimiento in El Paso) and was able to stay long enough to finish up. I was a homebirth midwife "back in the day," in the times when there were still homebirth physicians working with midwives, at least in San Diego, and we were "alegal."
All that aside, I love being back in midwifery and chose a degree-granting program that was approved here in Calif. for midwife licensure. I think the PEP process is still important, since there are STILL very fews ways (except working with another midwife!) to get your clinical experience.
My daughter, Lynn, has enrolled at NCM this year and together we have opened a new waterbirth center in Chino, CA. Women in our area have not had access to this type of care (including built-in tubs from Waterbirth International) for over 10 years since the Family Birth Center, run by an OB!!! (Dr. Michael Rosenthal) closed in Upland, CA in the late 1990s.
We're getting off to a slow start, but interest is picking up because so many women are looking for VBACs and it's virtually extinct here now.
I try to work with the local CNMs, invited quite a few over to our open house in late February. But they are very "medical model" here. I know of only 1 CNM who provides homebirths here. The rest are Licensed Midwieves. Which means they've passed the NARM exam at some time.
Thanks for this forum!