PushStates In Action

(Click the red map markers below to open/close the PushState info.)

COLORADO

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1993

ALABAMA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.
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KENTUCKY

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.
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SOUTH DAKOTA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.
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MISSISSIPPI

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.
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TEXAS

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1983

WASHINGTON

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1991

OREGON

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1993

CALIFORNIA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1993
Midwifery supporters in California are working on amendment of their state midwifery practice rules.

NEVADA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. NOT actively working on CPM legislation.

IDAHO

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 2009

MONTANA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1991

UTAH

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 2005

ARIZONA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
Year law enacted: 1978

NEW MEXICO

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1978

ALASKA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1999

GUAM

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. NOT Actively working on CPM legislation.

KANSAS

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. NOT actively working on CPM legislation.

OKLAHOMA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. NOT actively working on CPM legislation.

NORTH DAKOTA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Planning CPM legislation.

NEBRASKA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.

MINNESOTA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
Year law enacted: 1999

IOWA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.

WISCONSIN

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 2006

MICHIGAN

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.
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ILLINOIS

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.

INDIANA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 2013

OHIO

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.

PENNSYLVANIA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.
PA law already requires the state Board of Medicine to issue licenses to all types of midwives, but the BOM has not done so yet for CPMs. Following a court order, the BOM is now working with midwifery supporters and CPMs to develop CPM licensure and practice rules.

NEW YORK

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1992

MISSOURI

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year legalized by Statute: 2007

ARKANSAS

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1983

LOUISIANA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1985
Midwifery supporters in Louisiana are working on amendment of the state midwifery practice statute.

GEORGIA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. NOT actively working on CPM legislation.

FLORIDA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1995

SOUTH CAROLINA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1976

NORTH CAROLINA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.

VIRGINIA

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 2005

WEST VIRGINIA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Planning CPM legislation.

VERMONT

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 2000

NEW HAMPSHIRE

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1979

MAINE

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year legalized by Statute: 2008

MASSACHUSETTS

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.

NEW JERSEY

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 2002

DELAWARE

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 1978

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Planning CPM legislation.

PUERTO RICO

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.

HAWAII

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. NOT actively working on CPM legislation.

VIRGIN ISLANDS

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. NOT actively working on CPM legislation.

WYOMING

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
Year law enacted: 2010

RHODE ISLAND

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation. Rhode Island law already requires the state Department of Health to issue licenses to all types of midwives, but the DOH has not done so yet for CPMs. The DOH is now working with midwifery supporters and CPMs to develop CPM licensure and practice rules.

CONNECTICUT

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Planning CPM legislation.

MARYLAND

CPMs are NOT legally authorized to practice. Have active CPM legislation.

TENNESSEE

CPMs are legally authorized to practice.
:-)
Year law enacted: 2000

Where are CPMs legally authorized to practice? Where aren’t they?
Where are families fighting Big Medicine for legal access to CPMs?

  • CPMs are legally authorized to practice in 28 states (EMERALD GREEN states above)
    • 26 States that regulate CPMs (Law Enacted / Rules in Some States)
    • 2 States Legalized CPMs by Statute (Law Enacted)
  • CPMs are not legally authorized to practice in 22 states
    • 14 states have active CPM legislation (LIME GREEN states above)
    • 3 states (and the District of Columbia) are planning CPM legislation (MUSTARD YELLOW states above)
    • 5 states (and 2 territories) are organizing their CPM advocacy efforts (PLUM PURPLE states above)

Download as a handy handout CPM legal status by state.

How can I Learn More?

  1. See the PushChart on the regulation of Certified Professional Midwives that shows more on the state-by-state picture of CPMs.
  2. See the PushStates in action and contact the folks on the ground in your state. Please review the many resources below:

Please Join Your State Group Today

  • Alabama Contact: Lisa Clark
    –> booksb4bread at gmail dot com
  • Alaska Contact: Cheryl Corrick
    –> cherylcorrick at yahoo dot com
  • Arkansas Association of Midwives Contact: Ida Darragh, LDEM, CPM
    –> IVD at aol dot com
  • Indiana Contact: Jennifer Williams
    –> birthroot1 at yahoo dot com
  • Indiana Midwifery YahooGroup
    –> trilliumbirthing at yahoogroups dot com
  • Kentucky Contact: Jennifer Olliges
    –> info at kentuckyhomebirthcoalition dot com  |  502-636-2080
  • Maryland Contact: Maryland Families for Safe Birth
    –> mdwvsmd at yahoo dot com
  • Massachusetts Contact: Massachusetts Friends of Midwives
    –> ann at annsweeney dot com
  • Minnesota Contact: Jana Studelska
    –> jana at birthduluth dot com
  • Mississippi Contact: Bianca Wooden
    –> me at biancawooden dot com
  • Missouri Contact: Sarah Greek
    –> excelsior dot g at gmail dot com
  • Nebraska Contact: Rachel Howell
    –> nfom.chair at gmail dot com
  • New Mexico Contact: Connie Koshewa
    –> ckoshewa at comcast dot net
  • New Mexico Contact: Nicole Mallis
    –> nicolemallis at gmail dot com
  • North Carolina Contact: Russ Fawcett
    –> spigget at aol dot com
  • Ohio Contact: Pam Bell
    –> womenswisdom at gmail dot com
  • Puerto Rico Contact: Debbie Díaz-Ortiz
    –> parteraspuertorico at gmail dot com
  • Puerto Rico: Hermandad de Parteras de Puerto Rico
    (Midwives Sisterhood of Puerto Rico)
    www.hppr.ws
  • Rhode Island Contact: Paige Eastman Dickinson
    –> paigeeastman at comcast dot net
  • South Dakota Contact: Debbie Pease
    –> dpease84 at yahoo dot com
  • Texas Contact: Faith Beltz
    –> faithbeltz at yahoo dot com
  • Texas Contact: Kelli Beaty
    –> twomidwives at gmail dot com
  • Texas: Texans for Midwifery
    –> brielle at moonstonebirth dot com

 

What is the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Credential?

The Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential was developed in the late 1980s and was first issued in 1994 by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) to midwives with specialized training and expertise in providing safe, skilled maternity care in out-of-hospital settings.

Where are CPMs legally authorized to practice? Where aren’t they?
Where are families fighting Big Medicine for legal access to CPMs?

  • CPMs are legally authorized to practice in 28 states (emerald green states above)
    • 26 States that regulate CPMs (Law Enacted / Rules in Some States)
    • 2 States Legalized CPMs by Statute (Law Enacted)
  • CPMs are not legally authorized to practice in 22 states
    • 14 states have active CPM legislation (lime green states above)
    • 3 states (and the District of Columbia) are planning CPM legislation (mustard yellow states above)
    • 5 states (and 2 territories) are organizing their CPM advocacy efforts (plum states above)

How can I Learn More?

  1. See the PushChart on the regulation of Certified Professional Midwives that shows more on the state-by-state picture of CPMs.
  2. Read more in The Big Push Newsroom. News Releases and Media Alerts are released by the campaign, and the advocacy organizations and coalitions in the PushStates.

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