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National Support for
Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs),
North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and
Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC)
Veteran's Administration reimburses cost of CPM written exam (2002)
http://www.gibill.va.gov/Education/LCweb/search.asp [search keyword: midwife]

National Commission for Certifying Agencies accredits NARM (2002)
http://www.noca.org/ncca/accredorg.htm
This is the same agency that accredits the following certification groups (among others):
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties

U.S. Department of Education recognizes MEAC (2001)
http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg8.html#mid

American Public Health Association adopts resolution "Increasing access to out-of-hospital maternity services through state-regulated and nationally-certified direct-entry midwives" (2001)

American Public Health Association adopts position paper "Supporting access to midwifery services in the United States" (2000)

Pew Center for the Health Professions publishes The Future of Midwifery (1999)

Maternity Center Association publishes its "Rights of Childbearing Women" (1999)

Ohio State University finds that the process of becoming a CPM exhibits all the required characteristics of a competency-based program http://www.narm.org/testsum.htm (1997)



DEFINITIONS

CPM is a nationally certified direct-entry midwife who has proven competency and validated experience in the out-of-hospital setting. This credential is administered by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). http://www.narm.org

MEAC is a U.S. Dept. of Education recognized accreditation agency that provides guidance, evaluation and accreditation of midwifery schools so that midwifery students receive high quality education. http://www.meacschools.org

NARM North American Registry of Midwives administers the CPM certification.
http://www.narm.org
Illinois Families For Midwifery ~ P. O. Box 134 ~ Bellflower, IL ~ 61724 ~ (309) 722-3345 ~ iffm@cox.net



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