Certified Professional Midwives are a growing segment of the midwifery profession in the United States. Certified by the North American Registry of Midwives, these women have special expertise in out-of-hospital settings, including home birth and birth centers.

CPMs are neither doctors or nurses. They are experienced, professional women helping women — midwives.

In 2000, CPMs from the United States and Canada tracked their clients' birth outcomes. Linda Healey's clients are included in this data set, which formed the basis for a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2005. More than 5,400 home births were included in the study, and the research showed home birth to be equally safe to hospital birth for low-risk women, with fewer interventions such as episiotomies and c-sections.

For more information, we suggest you read the CPM issue brief from the Midwives Alliance of North America: 

Certified Professional Midwives in the United States

You may also find it helpful to review the Midwives Alliance of North America website.

What is a Certified Professional Midwife?