What Is A Midwife


A midwife is...

A trained professional who offers expert care, education, counseling and support to a woman and her newborn during the childbearing years. The midwife works with each woman and her family to identify their unique physical, social and emotional needs.  Midwives know how to watch for and identify potential or actual complications, and they can provide emergency treatment until additional assistance is available.

A certified professional midwife (CPM)...

  • Holds a current and valid national certification as a certified professional midwife (CPM) from the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
  • Is educated in the discipline of midwifery 
  • Is qualified to provide the midwives model of care
  • Practices as an autonomous health professional working in a network of other maternity care professionals who can provide consultation and collaboration when needed 
  • The only national credential that requires knowledge about and experience in community based settings (home birth)