NY CPM, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(4), organization with a mission to expand midwifery licensure in New York State to include the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) as an independent practitioner. NY CPM, Inc. was formed out of the growing need for reform in the maternity care system in New York, where the disparities are far reaching and access to all professions of midwifery are not allowed. The inequalities in care are problematic-- from the lack of midwifery or obstetrical care in rural areas to the persistently high maternal mortality rates especially in black women, where they are 12 times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth than white women in New York City. Combating these inequities will be challenging but when licensed NY CPM, Inc. is committed to supporting all expecting families in New York to have accessibility to safe, culturally responsible, midwifery care.
According to the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives,"Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are a fast-growing segment of the midwifery profession in the United States today. Certified Professional Midwives are trained and credentialed to offer expert care, education, counseling and support to women for pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. They have particular expertise in out-of-hospital settings. CPMs practice as autonomous health professionals working within a network of relationships with other maternity care professionals who can provide consultation when needed."
New York State can be the gold standard of maternal healthcare in the United States by creating healthcare policies that tackles all levels of inequities and supports all professions of midwifery care. NY CPM, Inc. is determined to improve accessibility to community based midwifery care to all expecting families in New York State and we are calling for every voice to be heard as we work towards licensing Certified Professional Midwives here in New York State
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
To expand midwifery licensure in New York State to include the Certified Professional Midwife as an independent practitioner.
We envision Certified Professional Midwives bringing safe, high quality, community based midwifery care to essentially healthy women and birthing people in New York state.
To propose and/or endorse changes in the rules and regulations that will lead to licensure of Certified Professional Midwives in New York State.
To integrate educated, community based midwifery into the options available for birthing people.
To actively address the health disparities that systemically affect birthing families of color.
To raise public awareness of the benefits of midwifery care outside of the hospital setting.
To establish channels of communication and collaboration among other maternal care professionals and consumer groups concerned with the health of birthing people and their families.
To promote research and information in the field of midwifery.
Our work is guided and informed by our beliefs about and commitment to:
Inclusivity & Equity: We believe in providing culturally responsible midwifery care to people of all religions, colors, socio-economic backgrounds, citizenship, sexual orientation and gender identification.
Autonomy: We believe that birthing people should have access to a full range of options and resources when choosing where and with whom to birth.
Advocacy: We believe in centering the needs of birthing people, especially vulnerable populations who experience systematic oppression and racism.
Safety: We believe in the provision of evidence-based care within The Midwives Model of Care, guided by cultural humility.
Education: We believe in creating a pathway into midwifery that will allow for student learners of various backgrounds to have access to culturally diverse preceptors and high quality community midwifery education.
Midwifery: We believe in communicating and collaborating with all midwives and maternity care professionals to futher the practice of midwifery and make birthing safer for all.