CPMs Legal Status by State

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 community birth settings.

Where are CPMs legally authorized to practice? Where aren’t they?
Where are families fighting Big Medicine for legal access to CPMs?

72421262.jpgThe PushMap below shows that in 14 states, as well as in three U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands, Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are at risk of criminal prosecution for practicing medicine or nursing without a license, which drives the practice of midwifery underground and creates barriers to access for women seeking maternity care. Download a PDF of the PushMap here.

The PushChart below on the regulation of Certified Professional Midwives that shows more on the state-by-state picture of CPMs and how midwives and mothers are working to increase access to CPM birth options, and further remove barriers to evidence-based maternity care. Download a PDF of the PushChart here.


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