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Types of Midwives: A Discussion

1: Short list of corrections by CNMPAT


Introduction to discussion of types of midwives
Forward to: Longer corrections with info about schooling by Marina Alzugaray


Subj: WWW Homebirth
Date: 94-12-15 11:18:58 EST
From: CNMPAT@aol.com
To: MIDWIFERY @aol.com

I answered the plea from Anne and Patrick re: types of midwives, and was a bit confused when he referred to this WWW homebirth page. They attributed the source to Midwifery Today, so I am writing you. The definitions he listed are incorrect, and I wonder if he quoted them wrong, or they need to be corrected. Let me clarify:

1. CNMs: are not always Masters prepared. They are usually nurses first and complete one of three types of programs: Certificate: 1 year, Masters 2 years, and the Yale program does not require nursing, but rather after 3 years you are a Masters in Midwi fery with a Nursing degree. CNEP (distance learning) will accept non-BS nursisng, and in a minimum of 2 years you could get a masters. Only a few states require a Masters in Nursing/Midwifery (OR and soon to be WA...against our wishes!!) This trend is coming from nursing, not midwifery. In WA and several states we are licenced as: ADvanced RN Practitioners, and can prescribe. Different states have different titles. CNMs work in collaboration with physicians, not under their direction. I practice un der standing policies which I wrote, and my physician agrees to. We practice our own prenatal care and birth management. Different CNMs practice in very diverse, different ways.

2. CErtified Midwives or in WA called Licenced Midwives are licenced within the state by a midwifery organization, and in WA have completed a training program and taken an exam (Seattle school of midwifery). May of may not be an RN. I assume this is wh at would be considered a direct entry midwife. They meet some sort of standard within their state of practice.

3. Lay midwife or emperical midwife, as you defined. I do not call these midwives direct entry, because they meet no specific standards. This of course could change, but then they would fall into category #2

Please E-mail me if you have further questions or have further information that might be helpful for me. I have been a midwife since 1981, and have enjoyed watching the evolution of midwifery in the states..


Introduction to discussion of types of midwives
Forward to: Longer corrections with info about schooling by Marina Alzugaray


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