I'm interested in finding out about the training that most CPM's in the US have. I am a home birth CNM who has always been a proponent of CPM's, but recently read some information about them that has me changing my mind. I previously thought CPM's had similar training to CNM's, just without the nursing component. I am now precepting a CPM student and started doing some research about the "school" she is using and the NARM requirements to sit for the CPM exam to become certified. I was shocked to find out that as recently as last year you didn't even have to have a high school diploma to become a CPM. NARM also doesn't require that you attend ANY midwifery school if you use their "PEP process". You need only submit evidence that you completed your clinical requirements (births, prenatals, newborn exams, etc). Also, up until last year, you could do this training with a lay midwife with no education or license and become a CPM. Another change last year was that your training need only last 1 year and then if you could pass the CPM exam, you could go out and take care of babies and moms. They've now extended that to 2 years. I know in my state of NY, most CPM's aren't able to get licensed and I now understand why. These NARM requirements are the LEAST you need to do to become a CPM. What I'm wondering is what education/training do most CPM's have?
Edited by joycnm - 7/22/12 at 5:12am