"It helps to know that this path will get me where I want to be, in a competent and focused way."
~an NMI student

You want to become a midwife: but what type of midwife do you want to be?

The word “midwife” derives from Old English mid, meaning “with,” and wif, “woman,” and originally translates to “with-woman.” Midwives are skilled professionals who provide primary maternity care for mothers/gestational parents and newborns during the childbearing year including pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum care. 

In the United States there are multiple pathways to midwifery training and education. Most pathways lead to midwifery certification and qualify candidates for licensing in their state. Candidates can choose their route of entry into the midwifery profession using nurse-midwifery or direct-entry midwifery educational programs.

Below is more information about the type of program National Midwifery Institute is and is not, as well as the scope of practice of our graduates. 


National Midwifery Institute is a direct-entry midwifery program. 

National Midwifery Institute is a direct-entry midwifery program, accredited by Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). MEAC is a non-profit accrediting body approved by the US Secretary of Education as a nationally-recognized accrediting agency for direct-entry midwifery education programs. 

A Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM) is an independent practitioner educated in the discipline of midwifery through apprenticeship, self-study, a midwifery school, a college, or university-based program distinct from the discipline of nursing. A direct-entry midwife provides the Midwives Model of Care to healthy women, pregnant people, and newborns through the childbearing cycle primarily in out-of-hospital settings including homes and free-standing birth centers. Many states have their own legal requirements for education and licensing of direct-entry midwives. Registered Midwives (RM) and Licensed Midwives (LM) are examples of direct-entry midwives. DEMs are not nurse-midwives. 


NMI Certificate Program graduates qualify for the NARM CPM Written Exam, which leads to the CPM Credential.

A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings. Of the more than twenty-eight states that currently regulate midwifery as a profession separate from nursing, all (with the exception of New York) license or certify midwives by using either the NARM CPM credential or the NARM CPM Written Examination.  Graduates of the National Midwifery Institute's Certificate Program qualify to sit for the NARM CPM Written Examination which, when passed, leads to the CPM Credential.  CPMs are not nurse-midwives.


National Midwifery Institute is not a nurse-midwifery program. 

A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who has graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and has passed a national certification examination to receive the professional designation of nurse-midwife. All 50 states provide CNM licensure. CNMs may qualify for the CPM credential by documenting out-of-hospital experience and passing the NARM Written Exam. National Midwifery Institute is not accredited by ACME and is not a nurse-midwifery program.

A Certified Midwife (CM) is an individual who has or receives a background in a health-related field other than nursing and graduates from a midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Graduates of an ACME-accredited midwifery education program take the same national certification examination as CNMs but receive the professional designation of Certified Midwife. Currently, three states legally recognize the CM credential: New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. National Midwifery Institute is not accredited by ACME and is not a nurse-midwifery program


NMI Graduate Scope of Practice

As an NMI graduate, you will be prepared for the scope of practice outlined by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Core Competencies, the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) certification guidelines, the California Midwifery licensing requirements (some of the most rigorous in the United States) as well as many other states’ licensing requirements. Graduates of National Midwifery Institute's Certificate Program qualify to sit for the NARM Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Written Examination which, when passed, leads to the CPM Credential. NMI graduates who complete the NARM CPM credential, and/or state licensing, meet the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) International Definition of the Midwife.

 
 

"I am loving my training, both academic and hands-on, and am so excited to get to focus more on midwifery." 

~ an NMI Student

To learn more, view the NMI Handbook.