NARM Preceptor Policy Survey Closes in 3 Days!

NARM Registered Preceptor Policy Survey

NARM wants to hear from you on this proposed policy change! This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Survey closes April 30, 2024.

Currently, NARM Registered Preceptors are required to have a minimum of ten “Continuity of Care” births post credentialling. It has come to our attention that CPMs who work in group midwifery practices or birth centers may not be able to meet this requirement.

In recognition of the changes in midwifery practice, NARM proposes reducing barriers for preceptor registration by eliminating the “Continuity of Care” requirement for NARM Registered Preceptors beyond entry-level CPM requirements.

Continuity of Care: a minimum of five prenatals spanning at least two trimesters, the birth, including the placenta, the newborn exam, and at least two postpartum visits. Transports are not accepted for Continuity of Care births.

All other requirements such as 50 births or three years beyond initial credentialling would still need to be met. This proposed policy change would not affect student requirements.

NARM acknowledges this proposed change in policy has the benefit of increasing opportunities for CPMs to serve as preceptors and students’ ability to get clinical training, but some CPMs may have concerns. NARM requests your input!

Remember, the survey closes April 30, 2024!


“I am going to a midwifery workshop where I can get skills signed off. Will those be accepted on my PEP application?”

Some skills can be verified through simulation in the presence of NARM Registered Preceptors, but all skills performed as a regular part of midwifery care should be demonstrated in a clinical setting with actual clients.

For example, skills that may not occur during the course of an average apprenticeship (such as breech birth, manual removal of a placenta, identifying a tubal pregnancy, or other emergency skills) may be verified based on discussion, interaction, demonstration, and simulation to fulfill the Comprehensive Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Essential for Competent Midwifery Practice requirement.

In other words…Skills listed with an asterisk (*) may be verified through simulation. All other skills must be demonstrated during actual clinical practice.

NARM acknowledges and appreciates the wealth of educational opportunities available for midwifery students in the community. Students can benefit from workshops to enhance their midwifery education and complement the training they receive from their preceptor. There is value in learning in group settings and with different midwives. NARM will continue to recognize the value of workshops while maintaining the importance of the apprenticeship as the primary method for training and verification of skills.

For more information, read The Candidate Information Bulletin.

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Join The Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference!

The Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) is an annual online FREE conference which celebrates the International Day of the Midwife. It is held on or around May 5th each year to be as close to the International Day of the Midwife as possible.

VIDM runs for 24 hours and covers a wide range of subjects with speakers from around the globe. It uses online conferencing software to bring together people who have an interest in childbirth matters – midwives, students, and consumers — all completely free.

The conference was first held in 2009 and was organized by a team of two then working at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand. By 2020, the organizing committee comprised midwives, midwifery academics, and online education professionals from seven countries across four continents.

Sustainable Midwifery : Caring for Tomorrow’s World is the VIDM 2024 theme.

Sustainable midwifery practices prioritize the well-being of both mother and child while minimizing environmental impact, ensuring a healthier future for generations to come. By caring for the whole person, we reaffirm their right to choose if and when to become pregnant or to continue a pregnancy. By integrating eco-friendly approaches and ethical care, sustainable midwifery embodies a commitment to nurturing not only new life but also the planet we share.

The ancient profession of midwifery must remain sustainable in the contemporary world through innovative practices in education, research, and health policy.

eBlast sent April 27, 2024

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