Gina Dacosta-Rivera joins the board as a CPM representative. Gina has been a CPM for over three years. She trained as an apprentice in Puerto Rico and then completed her education at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso. Gina has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and a Master’s degree in Italian Studies, and she attends …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.
Beginning in 2016, students in MEAC accredited programs who seek CPM certification will have to attend at least ten births in the US or Canada. Due to difficulties in the supervision and oversight of clinical sites, applicants through the PEP program were required to obtain all required clinicals in the US or Canada beginning in …Read more »
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.