Allied Midwifery Organizations
Direct-entry midwifery in the U.S. is a profession in its infancy, and its future will be determined by the midwives themselves and the new midwives that come behind them. Although rapidly gaining recognition in many states, direct-entry midwifery continues to struggle for acceptance in some areas, and is illegal in a handful of states in the U.S.
Through accreditation, MEAC is working to see direct-entry midwives in the U.S. integrated into and utilized by our healthcare system as they have much to offer healthy pregnant women.
Working together with our allied midwifery organization partners, important work is being done to facilitate this movement towards mainstreaming midwives:
- the national certification process (CPM) was developed and is being managed by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM),
- an accreditation process was developed and is continually being refined by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC),
- a professional organization of CPMs: National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) was formed to support the education, practice, and advancement of CPMs and inspire and engage them to be an organized force for change to increase access to high quality, high value maternity care for all women,
- the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) continues its important work of bringing all midwives together regardless of route of entry into the profession, training, educational background or practice style,
- the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) works to increase the number of Black midwives, doulas, and healers to empower families, in order to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
- Citizens for Midwifery, is a consumer-based grassroots organization promoting the Midwives Model of Care through education and outreach;
- and midwives in many states have written and introduced midwifery licensure bills in their state legislatures.