Assembly Bill A7898
A7898 & S7078 seek to establish the professional practice of community midwifery; defined as the management in the home, birth center, or community setting, of normal pregnancies, child birth, and postpartum care, including primary preventive gynecologic and obstetric care of essentially healthy individuals; sets requirements for license and practice.
What is Community Midwifery?
Certified Professional Midwives hold legal status in 37 other states.
Certified Professional Midwives – The Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential is available through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). The CPM credential is the only midwifery credential that requires the holder to demonstrate knowledge and have experience in providing midwifery services in out-of-hospital settings. Most CPMs work in their clients’ homes and in private birthing centers, providing care to women throughout their childbearing cycle.
To earn the CPM designation through NARM, applicants must possess a high school diploma or the equivalent and complete NARM’s Portfolio Evaluation Process or graduate from a midwifery education program accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). Applicants may also qualify if they already possess the CNM or CM credential.
MEAC-accredited programs may grant a certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree. Most graduates attain a certificate or associate’s degree.
As of 2021, 31 states had some kind of legal recognition for CPMs (licensure, certification, registration, permit, or voluntary registration), with most offering licensure based on the CPM certification.
Missouri, Maine, and Mississippi have statutes protecting the unregulated practice of CPMs, and Florida is the only state that requires CPMs to carry malpractice insurance.
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