Assembly Bill A4819a
A4819a & S310a seek to establish a route to licensure for Certified Professional Midwives (CPM's), whose scope of practice is defined as the management of normal pregnancies, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care in the home, birth center, or community setting. CPM care also includes primary preventive gynecologic care of essentially healthy individuals. The Act would set the requirements for education, license and practice of CPMs.
Certified Professional Midwives hold legal status in 38 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 attain licensure under the proposed Act, applicants must graduate from a midwifery education program accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). All MEAC-accredited programs meet or exceed the educational requirements for direct-entry midwifery education set out by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
As of 2024, 38 states have legal recognition for CPMs, with 37 offering licensure based on either CPM certification alone or on graduation from a MEAC-accredited educational program and CPM certification.
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