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What is a Midwife?

A midwife is a person (usually a woman but not always) who assists women in childbirth. Midwives provide optimal care throughout pregnancy, during labor, and after birth. They view birth as a natural process and are available during labor to support and tend to mothers and babies if need be.  They allow mother and baby to work together and rarely intervene unless necessary.

There are a few different types of Midwives.

*Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM): posses at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing and further their education with a certificate in midwifery. Usually CNMs practice in hospitals. As of right now, they are the only type of midwife licensed to practice medicine in Michigan.

*Certified Professional Midwife (CPM): trained in midwifery and certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. Although not medically recognized by Michigan, CPMs go through extensive training including self-study, apprenticeships, workshops, and midwifery programs. Michigan CPMs are currently working hard to get recognized and licensed.

*Lay Midwife: is not certified or licensed but has gone through training and is qualified through self-study, workshops, and apprenticeships.