For the next few posts I'll be tackling questions posted on our Facebook page
Our first question is about becoming a CPM in Illinois. There are many CPMs throughout the state, some practicing legally, some illegally, and some sitting on their credential.
The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) is the organization that oversees the CPM credential, and they have detailed information on becoming a CPM here.
To sum up, there are two main paths to the CPM. The first is to attend a MEAC-accredited program (a list is found here. The second is to apprentice under a qualified midwife and complete the Portfolio Evaluation Process.
After graduating or completing an apprenticeship, candidates must apply to sit for the written exam which is offered twice a year. It appears that the cost of the CPM, independent of tuition, is $2000 From NARM's FAQ
Our next post will be on the homebirth options for women outside of the Chicago Metro area.