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#1 of 2 Old 11-11-2012, 07:16 AM - Thread Starter
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This is actually more than a question about client complaints, but I'll get to that in a moment.


For midwives, for your state, is there a central person or agency for clients to file complaints against a midwife? I'm assuming CNM clients would file with the licensing board, but what about CPMs, LMs, DEMs, etc.?


Is there a central place where consumers can locate this information?

Are there mandatory reporters in your state? This means that even if the family doesn't wish to file a complaint, are physicians, other midwives, or nurses required to file a report if they think there was an issue of negligence?


I have been to the Oregon Midwife Info site and wonder if anyone has any comments on that site?


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I can tell you about two states with CPM licensure: Wisconsin and Minnesota.



Licensing for midwives in Minnesota  is NOT mandatory.

CPMs can obtain a license as a Licensed Traditional Midwives (LTM) through the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.


The Board of Medical Practice is responsible for reviewing complaints and disciplinary actions.


There are multiple organizations affiliated with CPMs and DEMs in Minnesota:

Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives


Midwifery Now


The Minnesota Midwives Guild


In Wisconsin, licensing for CPMs is mandatory.

CPMs are licensed as LMs through the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

The DSPS is responsible for reviewing complaints and disciplinary actions.


There is one organization affiliated with LMs in Wisconsin:

The Wisconsin Guild of Midwives.


I do not know if there is mandatory reporting in either state. The only complaints I know about have occurred when physicians or other health care providers have reported midwives due to a transfer of care or another concern. I do not know of any parent complaints against midwives made to either state. The state disciplinary actions against midwives are 1) difficult to find, 2) rare. And as far as I know – if there was no disciplinary action taken – there is no public record of the complaint made. Or at least it’s very hard to find. These boards list disciplinary actions only.

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