Maine Association of

Certified Professional Midwives

 
 

A non-profit professional organization representing CPMs statewide

MACPM is the Maine state chapter of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives. Our activities focus on promoting public awareness of midwifery as a safe and valid choice for maternity care and continually improving quality of care through continuing education, peer review, and collaboration. Our advocacy efforts support strong, safe, and independent midwife practice.

 
 

 A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.

Most CPMs work in private homes or birth centers. CPMs generally carry a relatively low client load that allows for more personalized and comprehensive care than typical obstetrical practices, and provide continuous care for women throughout their childbearing cycle. The scope of practice of the CPM is derived from the NARM Job Analysis and state laws.

CPMs work with people to promote a healthy pregnancy, and provide education to help them make informed decisions about their own care. In partnership with their clients they carefully monitor the progress of the pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period and recommend appropriate management if complications arise, collaborating with other healthcare providers when necessary.