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Certified Professional Midwife

A certified professional midwife (CPM) provides prenatal care for low-risk pregnancies and delivers babies in birthing centers and homes.

After training and an apprenticeship under an experienced midwife, a CPM takes a written test and a skills exam before being certified by the North American Registry of Midwives.

In some states, a certified professional midwife is called a licensed midwife or a certified midwife. Experience, training, and medical backup for emergencies are important things to consider when contracting the services of a CPM.