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In the United States, there are three classifications of midwives: CNMs, CPMs and Traditional Midwives. The two certifying bodies recognized in the US are ACNM (American College of Nurse Midwives) and NARM (North American Registry of Midwives).
Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) - This midwife was a nurse first and midwife second. As such, CNMs traditionally served under physicians and only served women in hospitals while operating under the direction of a physician. Some CNMs offer home-based midwifery care.
Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) - A CPM is certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). As such, CPMs have been educated and trained to provide out-of-hospital care. In fact, a CPM is the only midwife in US with exclusive out-of-hospital training. This education and training of CPMs makes them experts in normal, low-risk, woman-centered care. Autonomous care providers, CPMs are usually not under the direct authority of a physician. This allows the CPM and woman to work together in the best interests of the client. CPMs offer a full-spectrum of midwifery care including well-woman visits, well-baby care, antepartum and postpartum care, and counseling throughout pregnancy and life.
Other Midwives - All non-certified midwives fall into a class that has historically been referred to by many titles, including Traditional Midwife, Lay Midwife, Direct-Entry Midwife, Midwife, etc. These midwives are completely autonomous, choosing not to certify or be affiliated with any governing body, and as such offer woman-to-woman care.
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There are no laws in Pennsylvania to license or state-certify Certified Professional Midwives. Only Certified Nurse Midwives are permitted licenses by Pennsylvania. Therefore, it is important while interviewing midwives to know the level of education, training, skill, and experience she brings to you as a care provider. I practice as a Certified Professional Midwife and am also a Registered Preceptor with the North American Registry of Midwives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are appointments held?
300 Bridge St., Second Floor, Unit 5
New Cumberland, PA 17070
What is your fee and what does that include?
Midwifery services fee is $4000. Labs, waterbirth rental, ultrasounds, birth supplies and ancillary fees are additional. You should plan for a home birth to cost approximately $5000-$6000.