Professional Midwife (CPM) Certification: (NARM)
International Opportunities and NARM Certified Experiences
A Certified Professional Midwife’s (CPM) competency is established through training, education and supervised clinical experience, followed by successful completion of a skills assessment and written exam (See: Become a Midwife and Midwife Certification for additional details). Aspiring Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) who wish to study abroad and practice in the United States must complete the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) Entry-Level Portfolio Evaluation Program (PEP) in order to be recognized as a CPM. NARM’s Portfolio Evaluation Process (PEP) is an educational evaluation process that includes verification of clinical skills by qualified preceptors and completion of the written exam. Skills attained through clinical experience must be verified by an approved preceptor at a NARM certified site. The written examination is designed to assure mastery of the didactic material that is necessary for clinical competence.
Select Midwife International midwife training sites will be NARM certified and students who are in the advanced stages of midwifery study will be given priority placement at NARM approved sites in order to help them fulfill the clinical component of their educational process. Entry level and intermediate students will be placed at training sites under the supervision of experienced midwives and will participate in active book study which will help them to fulfill knowledge-based requirements and prepare them to sit for the NARM Written Exam.
Please note that the average educational experience for professional midwives, which includes didactic and clinical training, typically lasts three to five years. Students who have little or no experience with midwifery should plan to build foundations through our program as a springboard to additional midwifery education opportunities. Entry level students will not be given NARM credit for clinical experience during their year of study, and are invited to re-apply for additional experience at alternate Midwife International sites as they gain in core competencies.
While our programs are designed to support students who wish to become a Certified Professional Midwife through the NARM PEP, Midwife international is not responsible for administering or approving NARM applications for students, preceptors or Clinical Sites. Students who wish to become certified through NARM are responsible for educating themselves about the PEP process as well as state and national restrictions to CPM scope of practice, paying application fees directly to NARM and working with NARM to ensure proper documentation of coursework. Please visit www.NARM.org to learn more about the NARM PEP.
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Take a look at our unique approach to midwifery education and international clinical experience. Find out how we integrate service learning into our methodology. Learn more about midwife certification and the Midwives Model of Care, or how our programs can help you to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through NARM. Read inspiring stories about how to become a midwife on our weekly blog. Learn about the state of maternal health worldwide. Share the UNFPA “Call to Action” with your network.