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 women to promote a healthy pregnancy, and provide education to help her make informed decisions about her 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.