Originally Posted by Iluvbertie
As I explained I used the term 'nurse' because my sister-in-law is a nurse who had to be qualified as a nurse first before she was allowed to do the extra training required to be a mid-wife. As she is the only person I know who is a mid-wife it seems that I have erroneously assumed that the minimum requirement to be a mid-wife - that of being a registered nurse - has changed since she did her training in the late 1970s.
It seems either the standard has changed since the late 70s or is different in different countries.
The US has both kinds of midwives, although the RN (Bachelor's degree, Master's Degree, Midwife training - in that order)track is the most common and the most known. There IS a less known non-nurse midwife track for education and training that is out there as well. One is a nurse, one is not. BOTH have to pass stringent certification exams.
The week before Kate was due, a superbug outbreak was identified at the same hospital she was scheduled to deliver (St. Mary's). It was in a different wing, and they say it would not have put her at risk, but... I believe she may not have entered the hospital until she was much farther into labor that we may know. And it could very well have been the impetus for her very fast discharge. They definitely didn't want to take ANY chance with the Royal Family. Between the medical team, the probability she had an entirely normal, non-complicated delivery, Kate and William's choice... AND the presence of that superbug, they felt letting her go as early as possible was in everyone's best interest. That's my belief.
Hospital where Kate's due to give birth has superbug outbreak | London - ITV News