Saturday, August 11, 2012

Why I Choose the CPM Model for my Community

Suzy has no idea what a can of worms she is opening with her question,, "What's the difference between a CNM and a CPM?  A CNM- Certified Nurse Midwife has completed a bachelors in nursing and a masters in nurse-midwifery.  A CPM- Certified Professional Midwife has completed a course of study at a MEAC (Midwifery Education Accrediting Council) accredited school or a midwifery apprencticeship and passed a  NARM (National American Registry of Midwives) certifying exam.   CNMs are legal in all 50 states, CPMs are legal in 27  states ( they are legal in MO, but not in KS).  I choose to promote the CPM model for my community because it is a more practical and accessible model for rebuilding a lost community of midwives. Of course, I will support aspiring midwives in whatever pathway to midwifery they choose.  Frankly neither model has reached out to the African-American community, nor tried very hard to address health disparities in our community.  After I complete my own midwifery studies, I will make it a priority to raise up other Midwives of Color.  My goal is to reclaim the Community Midwife in order to create grassroot solutions to our concerns and not rely on outsiders to rescue us.  I am sad that the animosity between CNMs and CPMs is great, but I cannot be distracted by it.  I have too much work to do, and babies in my community are dying from a lack of concern or caring by majority normative culture.  I will welcome and embrace anyone who would join me in these accomplishing these goals.