Becoming a Midwife in Maine – ME
Before setting out to become a midwife in Maine, you must determine which type of midwife you’d like to be: Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) or Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). A CPM typically attends home births, has no formal nursing training, but does take midwifery training and a certification examination given by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). A CNM, who usually works in a hospital or clinic setting, must first attend nursing school, then take graduate midwife courses and pass a certification examination administered by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
Jobs are available for both types of midwives in Maine, as this career choice is popular in the state. According to the Maine chapter of the ACNM, CNMs there attended 1966 births in 2004 (representing 19.6% of all births in Maine that year). Government statistics say that about 1% of all births in Maine occur at home under a CPM, but since CPMs do not need to be licensed in the state, these figures may not be accurate. CPMs are lobbying for state legislation to require the licensing of this type of practitioner in order to give them greater access to medical resources. If you are planning to become a CPM, it’s a good idea to go ahead and become certified through NARM, as this will enable you to practice in states that do require licensure of CPMs.