What are we pushing for?


The Big Push for Midwives Campaign represents tens of thousands of people in the U.S. who support increasing access to Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs)*, community birth and out-of-hospital maternity care. We push for more birth options in America with CPMs, who provide affordable, quality, community-based care that is proven to reduce costly and preventable interventions, as well as decrease the rate of low-birth weight and premature births.

We envision a new model of maternity care in America built on expanding access to CPMs, community birth, out-of-hospital maternity care, and the Midwives Model of Care. It is clear the U.S. can no longer afford a system that produces inferior results at premium costs. America needs safer and less-costly maternity care now. Okay, yesterday, if we're being honest.

The mission of the Big Push for Midwives is to provide strategic planning and message development for state consumer and midwife groups actively working on legislation to license Certified Professional Midwives, envisioning the day when CPMs are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

*What is the Certified Professional Midwife Credential?

The Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential was developed in the late 1980s and was first issued in 1994 by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) to midwives with specialized training and expertise in providing safe, skilled maternity care in out-of-hospital settings, like private homes and freestanding birth centers.

Click on the PushMap below to learn where CPMs are legally authorized to practice in the U.S.


Read more ABOUT the Big Push for Midwives.

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Watch this short PRESENTATION below to learn more.


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