Information for CPMs

Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are a fast-growing segment of the midwifery profession in the United States today. Certified Professional Midwives are trained and credentialed to offer expert care, education, counseling and support to women for pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. They have particular expertise in out-of-hospital settings. 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.

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Use of the Title, “Certified Professional Midwife”

Midwives may not refer to themselves, or knowingly permit anyone else to refer to them, as a CPM, Certified Professional Midwife, or NARM certified or accredited unless they have formally received the CPM credential and their status is active. Midwives who are in the process of applying for the credential, or who have allowed the credential to expire, or taken inactive status, or had their credential revoked, may not refer to themselves as a CPM or a Certified Professional Midwife, or as certified by NARM.  Midwives whose CPM certification has expired may not refer to themselves as a Retired CPM unless they have been granted the status of CPM-Retired by NARM.

Midwives in the process of applying for certification may not refer to themselves in any context as a CPM candidate or applicant because there is no such status granted by NARM. Regardless of enrollment in an educational program, a student may not use the title Student CPM. Being a candidate, applicant, or student does not verify meeting the certification requirements until the certificate is granted. If NARM becomes aware that a midwife who is not a CPM has printed or published material referring to herself in the above capacity or has misled the public through any means, a warning letter will be sent with instructions to remove the misinformation from any materials. If the correction is not made, notice will be sent to NARM’s legal counsel for further action.

Acceptable language for students or apprentices can be “…is in training to become a CPM”,  and for those with expired certification: “…previously certified as a CPM”,  as a description of previous or intended certification, but not as a title.


A few facts about Midwives.

Midwives are the key to increasing access to effective maternity care:

  • The American Public Health Association and the World Health Organization recommends midwives as the primary maternity care providers for the majority of women
  • The Millbank Report [add drop down citation for Millbank Report] on evidence-based maternity care recognizes the CPM as the benchmark for low intervention and good outcomes
  • Nations with the lowest infant mortality employ midwives as the primary maternity care providers for the majority of women
  • Mounting evidence supports the value and cost-savings potential of midwifery care, according to a report issued by the Washington Department of Health in 2010
  • Birth centers and planned home births have been shown to be safe for low-risk women, with demonstrated potential to significantly reduce costs to the system
  • CPMs are currently legally recognized in 26 states and own approximately half of the birth centers in the U.S.

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