MEAC believes that midwives provide care that is essential to the health of the nation. The future of midwifery depends on the education of midwives who are prepared to provide high quality care that is responsive to the needs of women, and who can participate effectively in the transformation of our system of maternity care.
Midwifery schools and programs accredited by MEAC prepare midwives for national certification as Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). These midwives are earning recognition in ever-widening circles. Just this month, the Milbank Memorial Fund, a nonpartisan institute devoted to health policy analysis, issued a new report titled “Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve.” The report cites data from the landmark study of CPMs published in 2005 and concludes:
The low CPM rates of intervention are benchmarks for what the majority of childbearing women and babies who are in good health might achieve.
The report also cites an Issue Brief co-authored by MEAC in 2008 that provides useful background information on CPMs, describes the organizations that support the credentialing and recognition of CPMs, and discusses midwifery and health policy issues.
We are pleased to report that the number of students enrolled in accredited midwifery programs is growing. MEAC currently accredits eight freestanding institutions and two programs that reside within universities, providing excellent midwifery education for more than 500 matriculating students. Four new schools have applied for accreditation within the last year and at least two others have indicated their intent to apply.
As the number of midwives is growing, legal recognition is also expanding. Nearly half of all states now regulate direct-entry midwifery, and at least fifteen other states are considering legislation. At the same time, midwives are working to improve access to care by tackling the complex challenges of insurance coverage, equitable reimbursement, and employment opportunities.
Click Below to Read: