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andi2284 February 8th, 2011 07:34 AM

I know what these definitions mean, but I'm curious what are some of the big differences in training and experience with a CNM vs. a CPM?

Twinkle February 8th, 2011 08:41 AM

Re: CPM vs CNM?
A CPM is an independent practitioner who is certified by the NARM. NARM requires (amongst other things) training in and out of hospital setting. The NARM certification includes verification of knowledge and skills, there is a written exam and a skills assessment.

A CNM has completed nursing school and a program of study accredited by the ACNM. Some states require a Master's degree for a CNM to practice. It can take between 3-6 years to become a CNM.

I think what it comes down to is what your state laws are, and if you are looking for health insurance reimbursement, what your insurance will cover as well.

inyourhonor February 8th, 2011 09:44 AM

Re: CPM vs CNM?
I'll just ditto Christine :) My midwife is a cpm

HappyHippy February 8th, 2011 12:07 PM

Re: CPM vs CNM?
For my state (when I still lived in USA) a CNM had to complete 4 years of regular nursing school, work 1 year in L&D (not catching any babies) and then she could qualify for the 1 year program for Midwifery. The program only accepted 12 students per year and it was a year long and did not require a Masters.

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