NARM announces a new option for CPMs who are retiring and do not want to keep their certification active, but also don’t want to claim Inactive or Expired status. CPMs who are at least 60 years old, or who have retired due to illness or disability, may take the Retired status for a one-time application …Read more »
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.
No more deadlines! NEWS about NARM’s new testing policies! NARM has contracted with a computer testing company to administer the NARM exam via computer beginning in June, 2014. Candidates may take the exam, upon attaining eligibility, on the date of their choosing at one of the approved computer testing centers. The NARM application process remains …Read more »
Requirements for NARM Recertification
- Each CPM must complete the Recertification Application and attach all pertinent documentation.
- A total of 30 CEUs over three years are required for recertification, including five mandatory CEUs in Peer Review and 25 CEUs in a variety of other categories.
- Maintain CPR and neonatal resuscitation certification. (CPR and/or neonatal resuscitation may not be used as part of your CEU totals.)
NARM only accepts certification from courses which include a hands-on skills component. Online only courses are not accepted. Approved CPR courses include the American Heart Association and the Red Cross. Neonatal resuscitation courses must be approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Pediatric Society, or pre-approved by NARM.
All applicants and CPMs are required to complete a workshop, module, or course on Cultural Competency for certification and recertification. Approved Courses/Modules are:
- A course on cultural competency within a midwifery education program accredited by MEAC or a specific state approved midwifery education program
- A course on cultural competency within a state approved medical/health education program
- A cultural competency course offered as a workshop accredited for CEUs by MEAC
There are several online sites that provide Cultural Competency modules for health care providers and offer CEUs. A Google search should bring up quite a few options. Please note that Cultural Competency modules are not required to have CEUs attached, but if they do you may also use them in Category 1. If there are no CEUs provided the course/module must be health care related and presented through an institution or other recognized source. A certificate of completion may be submitted as proof of participation. Some options include:
- HRSA: Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals
- Mercy in Action: Cultural Competency and Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care
- The online module offered by the March of Dimes (book purchase required)
- Cultural Competency Training: Working with Diverse Populations in Maternal and Child Health – ICTC (onsite only)
In validating the apprenticeship model as a valuable form of education and training for midwifery, NARM appreciates the many variations in the preceptor/student relationship. NARM has developed materials to help guide preceptors and students through the process of validating knowledge and skills as part of the certification process. A preceptor for a NARM PEP applicant …Read more »
Professional standards of accountability support midwives to remain active lifelong learners, confirming the ideals of competent practice. Accountability provides reassurance to women who choose CPMs as their care providers and to states who utilize the CPM for legal recognition. The process validates continued competency and professional conduct. In addition to recertification, NARM utilizes three levels of oversight and review of CPM practice: Community Peer Review, Complaint Review, and the Grievance Mechanism
NARM is committed to supporting the success of CPMs. As autonomous practitioners, CPMs must also be innovative business owners. While the care provided by CPMs is individualized to each woman she serves, NARM recognizes that the professionalization of midwifery can be supported by practitioners working together to develop standards for practice, charting, continuing education, marketing materials, and most importantly: a healthy midwifery community. NARM encourages CPMs to join their local, state, and national professional organizations and to share resources and knowledge that can improve quality of care and support sustainable careers for independent midwives.
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.