I was wondering if anyone could explain to me the difference between a Canadian, and an USA midwife? Do the USA midwifes carry malpractice insurance?
My understanding is that there's different types of US midwives (CNM, direct entry, lay-midwife). In Canada in order to be called a midwife you have to go to an accredited university and be licensed through your provincial college. Canadian midwives have set scopes of practice.
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Canadian Registered Midwives are legal and authorized to practice in all provinces.
American Nurse-Midwives are legal and authorized to practice in all states.
American Certified Professional Midwives are legally authorized to practice in 28 states.
"Other" (direct-entry, lay, etc) midwives - those who attend births but do not hold a credential - are allowed to practice in a handful of states.
The question: Do midwives in the US carry malpractice insurance? depends on many different factors - some states require malpractice insurance for CNMs and CPMs. Others do not.
Most of the time, a CNM employed in a hospital setting will be required to carry malpractice insurance either by state licensure or hospital policy.
Very few states that license CPMs require malpractice insurance. Florida is one state that I know of that has this requirement.
Most CPMs provide birth services in out-of-hospital settings: birth centers or homes. I am venturing a guess that most CPMs do not carry malpractice insurance. But that is just my guess.
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