Read the 2012 NACPM Statement of Strategic Intent to Address Racism and Racial Disparities in Maternity Care in the U.S.
US Midwifery Organizations Make the Case for Normal Physiologic Birth
A press statement was released June 5, 2012 by NACPM along with the Midwives' Alliance of North America and the American College of Nurse Midwives--an "historic consensus statement. Supporting Healthy and Normal Physiologic Childbirth: A Consensus Statement by ACNM, MANA, and NACPM gives maternity care providers, policymakers, and women a succinct summary of the evidence for the benefits of normal physiologic childbirth." Read the press release here.
Click here for a pdf version of the Consensus Statement.
The National Association of Certified Professional Midwives envisions a new era of maternity care in the US, with a unified profession of midwifery that is free from racism and oppression. We are dedicated to the creation of a primary maternity care system in which midwives are the point of entry for every woman, without barriers to care or disparities in maternal and child outcomes.
NACPM's purpose is to support the education, practice, and advancement of CPMs and inspire and engage them to be an organized force for change to increase access to high quality, high value maternity care for all women.
- Advocates for CPMs to the public, to state and federal legislators and to health care policy makers
- Addresses barriers to practice for CPMs including reimbursement and advocacy for a path to licensure for CPMs in all 50 states
- Secures a “seat at the table” for CPMs in the larger maternity care world by representing CPMs in national coalitions and to other national organizations
- Participates on behalf of CPMs in key national collaborations to improve maternity care
- Provides clinical practice resources and support to CPMs
NACPM now has chapters. Click here for information about organizing a chapter of NACPM in your state.
Click here to read the history of NACPM.
Home Birth Consensus Summit
The Home Birth Consensus Summit took place October 20-22, 2011. Click here to read about the exciting results of this historic event!
Representative Roybal-Allard read the consensus statements into Congressional record on Wednesday, November 16th and released a press statement.
You can view the YouTube video of her statement HERE.
CPMs and Midwifery Educators: Contributing to a New Era in Maternity Care
At the Symposium, we heard from leaders in education, public policy, and legislation about national and global trends that form the context for practice and education, and we heard from our peers in states across the country whose successes and challenges reflect our experiences and influence our thinking about the future of the profession. Together, we experienced the palpable excitement of the momentum that is growing for Certified Professional Midwifery, while also experiencing the frustrations and discomfort that come from breaking open typical discussions in the search for new solutions. Together we took the brave step of working with facilitators and new social technologies being used in forums all over the world to find new ways forward, to grapple with our challenges and difficult issues, and to seek out and learn a new style of effectiveness. With this facilitation and new methodologies, one hundred and fifty people were able to work together to identify eleven themes/issues that most need our shared attention, create work groups to address these topics, and develop action plans for moving these issues forward.
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MAMA Campaign is working is to increase women’s access to midwives and to quality, affordable maternity care by securing federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). Have you joined yet? Click here for more information. Please join us today!
Home Birth: An Annotated Guide to the Literature. Published by the Division of Midwifery in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Midwives Alliance of North America. Please share!
Medscape: Planned Home vs Hospital Birth: A Meta-Analysis Gone Wrong
CDC Report - Home Births up 20% from 2004 to 2008 - Click here for an article in USA Today.
RECENT NEWS! CPM Bill Introduced: A Milestone for Midwives and Mothers! Read the NACPM Alert about HR 1054.
Read a pdf of the latest NACPM printed Newsletter.
Click here for a list of archived newsletters and alerts.