NARM supports a health care system where every family in North America has access to skilled and responsible midwives. The individualized attention provided by the CPM in practice is of critical importance to her role as guardian of normal birth, and to the value of her compassionate maternity care. NARM sets standards for Competency-based credentialing is based on documentation of comprehensive training and testing of knowledge and skills that are relevant to real-life job conditions, as determined by psychometric research within the profession. The credential has been evaluated by independent researchers at Ohio State University and was determined to be a credential that exemplifies the established standards for educational testing as determined by the American Educational Research Association and the National Council of Measurement in Education. In 2002, the CPM credential was accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and is evaluated yearly for adherence to the national standards.competency-based certification that allow a midwife to support a woman’s right to choose her birth attendants and place of birth and to involve those she identifies as her family in the birth experience. CPMs practice as autonomous health professionals working within a network of relationships with other maternity care professionals who can provide consultation and collaboration when needed.
As numerous studies have affirmed the safety of planned, midwife-attended birth at home, in hospitals, and in freestanding birth centers, NARM recognizes the potential for improved outcomes that include lower costs and fewer interventions to childbearing mothers and their babies when attended by Certified Professional Midwives.
As the CPM emerges as a sought after professional maternity care provider in out of hospital settings, NARM is dedicated to advancing the profession by supporting advocacy efforts for legal recognition at the state and federal level. NARM dedicates a significant percentage of its annual budget for development of advocacy training, offering workshops, participation in legislative, public health, and midwifery conferences, creating promotional materials, and serving on advisory committees for state and federal level initiatives to support the CPM.