I know someone on another forum who has found some info out that you may find useful: if you need further info I will give you their details by PM. See below for info:
Basically, as a Direct Entry Midwife, with NO nursing background, it is only possible to practise in a birth center - currently the up and coming place for low risk, non-intervention natural birth (You can tell I'm an advocate!!)
In order to do this, you will need to do a 'four month licensure by endorsement' course at a Midwifery School. The one I am going to is in Gainesville - www.midwiferyschool.org/
. Glenn Cameron, a director there is extremely helpful and will give any advice you need. There is one in Miami, but I know little about it.
You will initially need to get your education in the UK evaluated. This is relatively simple and the process is explained on the above website.
As with everything, there is a cost - Glenn estimates it should be approx $5000 to complete the course and sit the exam that is an essential requirement before practise is legal. This exam is only sat twice a year - Feb and Aug, in Orlando.
The four month course is designed to suit you by Glenn once your education evaluation has been received. Basically you get together, she assesses what you need and you plan times together. You may only need to commute to Gainesville on alternate weeks. Whilst doing the course you do need to be attached to a birthing center in order to gain practical experience. A list of NACC approved birth centers may be found here - www.birthcenters.org/fabc/index.php
- you will need to find someone who is prepared to sponsor you for your 'preceptorship'.
Once through the course and passed the exam you are a Licenced Midwife (LM) and free to practice in any birth centre in Florida - in addition to this, as the Florida licence is viewed in America as one of the strictest to gain, it is recognised in each state and if you feel you want to move around you do not need to keep resitting state exams.
If you are starting from scratch - it is also possible, through the school, to do a three year Direct Entry programme. This of course is all explained on their website (above).
If your interest is in working in a hospital environment, it is more complicated and will involve completing a nursing degree then focusing on midwifery as a vocation - don't know any details on this.