Thank you to all the CPMs who participated in the March NARM Question Writing Workshop!

Thank you to the fourteen CPMs who gathered in Blue Springs, Missouri, on March 4-5, 2019 to write questions for the NARM Examination.

Coming from both Missouri and Kansas just hours after a snowstorm, these women braved single digit temperatures to gather in Rachel Williston’s warm home to work together!


Each question created requires references from two separate sources on the NARM reading list to verify the accuracy of the question. Sometimes this can get messy with text books spread out over tables, floors, and beds!

Using the NARM reference texts to guide them, this group created over thirty new questions for the next update to the exam. From brand-new CPMs to midwives with many years’ experience, they added the perspective of new learning and old wisdom to craft and edit questions and answers reflecting the practice of midwifery.

Big Thanks to Rachel Williston for hosting, Cheryl Gates for coordinating the workshop, and to NARM’s Ida Darragh and Kim Pekin for guiding them through the process!


Kim Pekin input all the questions to be included in the next phase of Exam development: Editing and Review by other CPMs.

CPMs: Are you Interested in Participating in a NARM Examination Question Writing workshop?

Come join us at the next workshop on June 22-23, 2019, in Oakland, CA that will bring together CPMs to write test questions for future exams. Your participation is essential to updating the NARM Examination by creating new questions that reflect the diverse community of CPMs who practice in the U.S. Come join us, write some questions, and get fourteen CEUs!

There is no cost to attend this workshop or receive CEUs. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please email Testing@narm.org for more information.

eBlast emailed March 27, 2019

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