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Certified Professional Midwife


A certified professional midwife (CPM) provides prenatal care for low-risk pregnancies and delivers babies in birthing centers and homes.

After training and apprenticeship under an experienced midwife, a CPM takes a written test and a skills exam before being certified by the North American Registry of Midwives.

In some states, a certified professional midwife is called a licensed midwife or a certified midwife. Experience, training, and medical backup for emergencies are important factors to consider when contracting the services of a CPM.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Last RevisedAugust 20, 2010

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