MCCPM provides referrals to member midwives, but we are not a licensing or governing body. Families must take responsibility for interviewing and seeking information about the education, route of entry, skills and credentials of any midwife they contact. Membership in this group does not imply endorsement of any particular midwife.
MCCPM supports standards set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), an international certification agency whose mission is to establish and administer certification for the credential Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). CPM certification validates entry-level knowledge, skills, and experience vital to responsible midwifery practice. This international certification process encompasses multiple educational routes of entry including apprenticeship, self-study, private midwifery schools, college- and university- based midwifery programs, and nurse-midwifery. Created in 1987 by the Midwives' Alliance of North America (MANA), NARM is committed to identifying standards and practices that reflect the excellence and diversity of the independent midwifery community in order to set the standard for North American midwifery.
When you're looking for a midwife, how do you decide? Certainly, they should have the qualifications and experience you're looking for. Equally important is finding someone who makes you feel comfortable, nurtured, and confident in your ability to birth. Often it's chemistry that determines which midwife is right for you, and finding that right “fit” is important. Your midwife is someone with whom you will be working closely over the course of your pregnancy to achieve a safe and satisfying birth experience. Take your time, and consider interviewing several midwives to find the right match for you. Happy Birthing!
If you would like, download a list of questions to consider when interviewing your midwife.
An asterisk (*) next to a midwife’s name indicates that the midwife is actively practicing and currently accepting new clients.