What is a Midwife?
What is a CPM – Certified Professional Midwife?
“The CPM credential was developed by NARM in collaboration with the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), Citizens for Midwifery (a consumer-based group) and diverse stakeholders from across the United States. The credential validates the knowledge, skills and abilities vital to responsible midwifery practice and reflects and preserves the essential nature of midwifery care.
What is a CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife?
“Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (formerly the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Division of Accreditation (DOA)) and have passed a national certification examination to receive the professional designation of certified nurse-midwife. Nurse-midwives have been practicing in the U.S. since the 1920s.” -midwife.org
What is a CM – Certified Midwife?
“Certified midwives are individuals who have or receive a background in a health related field other than nursing and graduate from a midwifery education program accredited by ACME. Graduates of an ACME accredited midwifery education program take the same national certification examination as CNMs but receive the professional designation of certified midwife.
Midwifery as practiced by CNMs and CMs encompasses a full range of primary healthcare services for women from adolescence to beyond menopause. These services include primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period, care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life, and treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections. These services are provided in diverse settings such as ambulatory care clinics, private offices, community and public health systems, homes, hospitals, and birth centers. CNMs and CMs practice in accord with the Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, as defined by the ACNM. These standards meet or exceed the global competencies and standards for the practice of midwifery as defined by the International Confederation of Midwives.” -midwife.org