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Questions about becoming a CPM

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Hello! i am just beginning training as a doula, and I plan on gradually expanding my practice/ education/ training as my experience grows. Becoming a CPM is one of the possibilities, so I have been doing some research. I would most likely have to do distance training/distance hybrid, with local apprenticeship. The closest schools to me are Bastyr (WA), MCOU (UT), and Birthingway (OR). I know that MCOU has a distance program. I looked into the laws in my state, I know in my area- My state (ID) and all surrounding states CPMs are legal (and Idaho actually has about double the national average of homebirths!). When I looked up Idaho law, which was recently changed, it stated you had to be a CPM through NARM/related program, and:

" documentation of successful completion of board approved MEAC accredited courses in pharmacology, the treatment of shock/IV therapy and suturing specific to midwives"

I was just curious, is that something NOT included in typical midwife education? Is there a way to do this through distance education (such as intensive)... I just found it odd that it was separately defined from the CPM cert requirement. DO any of you student/practicing midwives have any input about that? 

 

 

Thank you!

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Since that is a state requirement, the midwives who are currently licensed by the in your state should be able to answer how they fulfilled that requirement.

 

NARM requires no specific course in pharmacology. IV skills, shock, suturing would all be learned in hands-on situation. And the skills acquired would depend upon the preceptor. Some CPMs use IVs, some do not. Some CPMs suture, some do not.

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Here in Oregon, we take the state's "Legend Drugs & Devices" class at part of becoming licensed. It covers (and tests us on) medications, suturing, IVs and resuscitation. 

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Phathui, Where are such classes available? I'm just trying to figure out where you can look into them/ find them/ enroll in them. Is it through the health department? Or just the state? Like a Bloodborn Pathogens class?

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You should check with midwives in your area, as the ones here are specific to Oregon law.

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Thank you! :)

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