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If you closely examine a large number of women who work under the title of "midwife," you will find very broad ranges of experiences and training.
Many who are in the process of selecting a birth attendant in Texas do not understand the significance of Professional Certification. Vickie has achieved two very coveted professional certifications.
Midwives who receive these certifications must go through a rigorous program and meet educational standards that exceed the requirements established by the state of Texas for midwife doumentation. These certifications require excellent testimonials from clients and peer midwives, as well as demonstration of substantial experience in all aspects of normal prenatal care, delivery, and postnatal care.
Also, in order to receive these certifications, the midwife must pass comprehensive oral and written examinations.
In your search for a caregiver during pregnancy and childbirth, we would strongly encourage you to choose a midwife who is a CPM or who has ATM certification.
The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) issues the title of Certified Professional Midwife to a select group of midwives in the United States and Canada. The standards for achieving this certification are demanding and rigorous. It is the highest professional certification available to North American Midwives.
(More information about NARM and the CPM from another web site)
In order to assist parents-to-be to make the most informed choice regarding a midwife, the Association of Texas Midwives has established a system of professional certification.
To verify ATM certification for any Texas midwife, you may call The Association of Texas Midwives at (512) 928-2311, or write the association at Suite 1A-202, 603 West 13th Street, Austin, Texas 78701.