ACNM is the professional association that represents Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) and Certified Midwives (CMs) in the United States.
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
CNMs are trained in both nursing and midwifery. CNMs are Advanced Practice Nurses and have a Master’s degree from a university-affiliated Nurse-Midwifery program. CNMs can practice in all birth settings and provide prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. Outside of the childbearing year, CNMs also provide well-woman care throughout the life cycle.
The Certified Midwife (CM) is a credential from the ACNM that does not require a nursing degree, but is otherwise similar to the CNM credential. The CM credential is legally recognized in these states: New York, New Jersey,Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine and Missouri. Currently, CMs are not credentialed in Oregon.
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
The CPM is a North American credential that recognizes multiple routes of education. CPMs have met clinical requirements and passed skills evaluation and a written exam. CPMs provide prenatal, birth, postpartum, and well-woman care. CPMs are required to have Out-of-Hospital birth experience for certification as a CPM.
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