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What is the difference between a Nurse Midwife and a Midwife? I'm currently researching the options provided by my insurance and can only find Nurse Midwifes. Thank you!
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Basically, Nurse Midwives receive their degree in nursing then have additional training to become certified as midwives. They mainly practice in hospitals, but there are a few who do homebirths.

Here's more from Midwifery Today about the 3 types of midwives. (

Certified Nurse Midwife
A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who is educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery and who has met ACNM certification. She may work through a hospital, in a birth center setting, or in an independent homebirth practice in collaboration with a physician. There are only about 150 CNMs doing homebirths, however, because they must have written collaboration with a physician.

Certified Professional Midwife
A CPM is certified by NARM, the North American Registry of Midwives. She has generally passed both a written test and a skills exam. She may have received her training in a school or in a manner similar to the lay midwife's training. Apprenticeship is encouraged. There are also licensed or certified midwives in some states. Buy Paths to Becoming a Midwife for complete definitions. These midwives work in birth centers or at home.

Lay Midwife Empirical
This is a woman who has apprenticed with an experienced midwife and may have attended additional workshops and classes to supplement her education or she may have attended a school. Her focus is on homebirth or birth center births. She may be affiliated with a physician, but she is not under the physician's directive. She chooses not to be certified.
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Thanks! The woman I'd like to use next time is a CPM and it's good to know what that means! Too bad insurance doesn't cover her...
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