Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM): CNMs are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery. They have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). This education includes a university degree as well as hands-on clinical training by practicing CNMs. They also have passed the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). CNMs provide general women's health care throughout their lives . CNMs are able to prescribe a full range of medications and treatments and usually work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, medical offices, clinics, birth centers, and homes.
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM): CPMs are knowledgeable, skilled, and professional, independent midwifery practitioners who have met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide theMidwives Model of Care. They prepare for this national certification exam by one of two primary pathways, with differing requirements: apprenticeship training or accredited formal education alongside clinical and hands on experience. CPMs provide pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care for women in out of hospital settings; usually birth care centers or home. They are qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. CPMs can not prescribe medications.
Other Midwives: Other midwives who are not certified by AMCB or NARM may be independently practicing in some states. These midwives may or may not have any formal education and have not passed a national certification exam. They are not governed by any guidelines, have no accountability, and are not able to prescribe medications.
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