National Advocacy

NARM supports the work of midwifery advocates on the state and national level. Please contact us to be added to the growing list of organizations working for increased access to CPMs.

National Advocacy Efforts for the CPM Credential:

Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
The Midwives Alliance of North America is a professional organization for all midwives, recognizing the diversity of educational backgrounds and practice styles within the profession. MANA’s goal is to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving the quality of health care for women, babies, and communities. The guiding principles of practice for CPMs are based on the MANA Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, approved in 1994.

National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM)
The National Association of Certified Professional Midwives is a professional organization for CPMs dedicated to maximizing the potential of the Certified Professional Midwife credential, and the midwives who hold it, in order to increase the number of midwives available to adequately meet the needs of childbearing women. NACPM strives to ensure that CPMs will achieve their appropriate place in the delivery of maternity care in the United States

The Home Birth Summit
The Home Birth Summits bring a cross-section of the maternity care system into one room to discuss improved integration of services for all women and families in the United States. In 2011, 2013, and 2014 the Home Birth Summits convened a multidisciplinary group of leaders, representing all stakeholder perspectives, to address their shared responsibility for care of women who plan home births in the United States. They continue to work together in Task Forces on strategic initiatives that will increase access to safe, respectful, affordable maternity care; improve inter-professional education; and enable patient-responsive and population-specific research on maternal choice, experience and outcomes related to birth place. A multi-disciplinary team of experts in research, legislation and birth came together to learn where midwives are most accessible and where they are most integrated into the maternal healthcare system. Click to see how your state compares.

The Big Push for Midwives Campaign
The Big Push for Midwives represents tens of thousands of grassroots advocates in the United States who support expanding access to Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital maternity care. The mission of The Big Push for Midwives is to educate state and national policymakers about the reduced costs and improved outcomes associated with out-of-hospital maternity care and to advocate for expanding access to the services of Certified Professional Midwives, who are specially trained to provide it.

Citizens for Midwifery
Citizens for Midwifery is a national consumer based organization that promotes the Midwives Model of Care– maternity care that is safe, respectful, family-centered, health promoting, and cost effective. Citizens for Midwifery’s mission is to see that the Midwives Model of Care is available to all childbearing women and universally recognized as the best kind of care for pregnancy and birth.

The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC)
The American Association of Birth Centers is a non-profit membership organization founded by Childbirth Connection (formerly the Maternity Center Association). For 25 years, the American Association of Birth Centers has been the nation’s most comprehensive resource on birth centers. AABC has built a solid foundation for growth in birth centers, many of which are owned, operated and staffed by Certified Professional Midwives.

The National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB)
To transform the national maternity system to advance the well-being of, and gain equity for, Black women and persons in the US. NAABB harnesses the wisdom and birth traditions from Africa and the African diaspora to achieve this goal.