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What is MACPM and what does it do?

big sisterThe Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives is a collect of CPMs who are committed to the safety and availability of home birth and birth center birth options in Maine. The purpose of the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives (MACPM) is to advance the practice and art of midwifery; to educate the public on the merits of midwifery; and to create and maintain a law governing the practice of midwifery in the state of Maine.

What is the legal status of CPMs in Maine? CPMs are not licensed by the state of Maine, but are certified nationally by the North American Registry of Midwives. In 1978 the Attorney General issued an opinion that asserted that pregnancy and childbirth are part of normal, healthy human functioning and are therefore not covered by the Maine Medical Practice Act. As a result midwifery is not considered the practice of medicine in Maine and a medical license is not required to attend women in pregnancy and birth.

In 2008 the Maine house and senate approved, and Gov. Baldacci signed a bill into law that allows CPMs to acquire and administer five substances: oxygen, injectable vitamin K, erythromycin eye ointment, lidocaine, and oxytocin. Midwifery is not licensed or regulated by the state, but use of these medications is regulated.