Becoming a Midwife in Massachusetts – MA

When exploring the options for how to become a midwife in Massachusetts, you’ll find three different paths exist. A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) completes midwifery school and must train in out-of-hospital births. In addition, a CPM must pass written and skills examinations administered by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). Traditional or direct-entry midwives receive education through apprenticeship, self-study, attending a school of midwifery or college/university midwifery training program. They may attend during out-of-hospital births (such as at home and birth centers).

A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) has a Registered Nurse degree and also has completed midwifery training from an American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) accredited school. They have also passed a certification exam and are authorized to provide services not only in Massachusetts but in any state. However, their scope of practice may vary from state to state.  In Massachusetts, CNMs commonly work in hospitals, private health clinics and birth centers.

Jobs are available in Massachusetts for all three designations of midwives. A career in midwifery is challenging yet ultimately rewarding, according to those who work as midwives in Massachusetts. According to the ACNM, CNMs attended 10,434 births in 2004, accounting for 19.3% of all births in the commonwealth that year. Jobs for the other two types of midwives are prevalent across Massachusetts as well, in rural areas and cities including Boston, Springfield, Amherst and Worcester.

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