What is a Midwife?
Midwives are qualified health care providers who go through comprehensive training and examinations for certification. Certification is offered by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). The practice and credentials related to midwifery differ throughout the United States. Utah recognizes and supports various types of midwives, allowing families to find the just the right midwife for them. Different types of midwives in Utah include:
- Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM): an individual trained and licensed in both nursing and midwifery, the majority choosing to practice in hospital (although Utah has several CNMs with out-of-hospital practice). Nurse-midwives possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.
- Certified Professional Midwife (CPM): an individual trained in out-of-hospital midwifery who meets practice standards of the North American Registry of Midwives; can attend an accredited school or train solely through apprenticeship
- Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM): an independent individual trained in midwifery through a variety of sources that can include: self-study, apprenticeship, a midwifery school, or a college/university program; may be a CPM.
- Licensed Direct-entry Midwife (LDEM): Utah state licensing designation for CPMs who choose to license.