The CMP is designed to assist CNMs/CMs to demonstrate specified levels of knowledge not only at the time of initial certification but throughout an individual’s professional career.
Individuals who have not completed the requirements of the Certificate Maintenance Program at the end of their current certification cycle will not be issued a new certificate. Individuals without current/valid CNM/CM certificates may not be able to continue to practice midwifery depending on their state licensing/regulating bodies.
The objectives of the Certificate Maintenance Program are to:
Keep CNMs/CMs certifications valid and current.
Foster critical review of recent advances in midwifery practice.
Provide documentation of CNMs/CMs certification status as required to credentialing/licensing authorities.
Certificate Maintenance Program Requirements
Certification for CNMs/CMs can be maintained by one of the following methods:
The primary purpose of the CMP is to ensure certified nurse-midwives (CNM) and certified midwives (CM) maintain the highest level of knowledge in all areas of midwifery practice throughout their careers. This goal is met through two certificate maintenance options, both of which require up-to-date evidence-based knowledge of current practice in obstetrics, gynecology, newborn, and primary care.
Option 1 requires CNM/CMs to complete three modules over a 5 year period and submit proof of 20 hours of relevant continuing education. Each module contains current evidence-based articles and the full scope of midwifery practice is sufficiently covered within the 3 existing modules. These articles are updated every 3 years to ensure current information is included. Each module also requires an attestation that the articles were read and completion of a post-test that assesses key points in each of the articles.
The required education hours can be completed through a variety of options that include (but are not limited to) attending a conference, publishing an article, or precepting midwifery students. All of the options require proof of attendance or validation/verification. Attendance at a relevant educational conference enhances knowledge thorough review of current practice updates and management strategies. The other options all require a CNM/CM to be up-to-date on specific areas of practice and are subject to fairly rigorous outside standards for selection and/or participation.
Option 2 allows a CNM/CM to retake the certification exam as another means to demonstrate continued competence in midwifery practice. The creation of the certification exam undergoes a rigorous process that is constantly updated to include current evidence-based knowledge, skills, and abilities. In order to successfully pass this exam, a CNM/CM would need to be up-to-date on current midwifery knowledge and practice guidelines.
If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs or contact:
Senior Certificate Maintenance Program Coordinator
Phone: 410-694-9424 or 866-366-9632, ext. 7015