CPM Practice and Association News Webinar Series

2017 BoD Core Leadership TeamBeginning with our first Virtual Annual Meeting in November of 2014, this ongoing series will continue to inform and engage members and stakeholders about important news and opportunities to support and strengthen the profession, inform CPM practice, and influence public policy with the values inherent in CPM care.

Participation in the webinars is free. CEUs, when available, are $15 per webinar.

Genetic Testing

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Approved

Thursday, June 1, 2017

This webinar is designed for midwives providing care in the community context where access to genetics counselors and antenatal screening may be less streamlined and integrated. During this webinar, we will review current prenatal genetic testing options, indications for referring to genetic counseling, and approaches for accessing information about cost and insurance coverage of testing and counseling.  We will also describe the strengths and limitations of screening tests, such as cell-free DNA testing (Harmony, Materniti21, etc.) and carrier screening, and of diagnostic testing, such as CVS and amniocentesis.  We will discuss frequently asked questions about the false positive rates of screening tests, the chance of miscarriage with diagnostic testing, and the clinical utility of genetic information for pregnancy planning and improving birth outcomes.  We will conclude the webinar with an overview of the findings from a recent study by Gabriel, Cheyney (the two presenters) and Burcher on the utilization of genetic counseling and antenatal testing among midwives in Vermont with a focus on the clinical and socio-political implications of this work. Twenty minutes will be reserved for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.

Melissa Cheyney for websiteMelissa Cheyney, Ph.d, CPM, LDM, is a medical anthropologist and licensed midwife. She began her studies in anthropology as a Master’s student in bioarchaeology with a focus on health and disease patterns in classical antiquity. As Melissa entered her doctoral program, her focus began to shift to the health of living populations. While working on her Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, Melissa decided to pursue a clinical degree in midwifery while completing the requirements for her doctorate in medical anthropology. Her research focuses on a subfield of medical anthropology called evolutionary medicine. It examines contemporary health conditions, including maternal and infant health patterns, in cross-cultural and evolutionary perspective. Melissa continues to attend home deliveries while teaching Biocultural Anthropology at Oregon State University.

JGabriel crop fpr websiteJazmine Gabriel, PhD, MS, trained in genetic counseling at Boston University, and will work as a genetic counselor specializing in cancer genetics.  She earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Oregon, and her scholarship focuses on the intersections of genetics and ethics. Her current research interests include home birth midwives’ perceptions of and experiences with genetic testing and genetic counselors, genetic counselors’ perspectives on interpreting direct-to-consumer genetic testing, and ethical issues in prenatal genetic testing.

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Charting for Midwives – Getting Credit for All You Do

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

Thursday, May 25, 2017

This webinar qualifies for the NARM Category 3 Bridge Certificate


Nancy Koerber, CPM, CPC will cover the basics of documentation. She will also provide updates on the changes that are coming in healthcare over the next years as we transfer from a fee-for-service system to one that is quality/value incentive-based. Emphasis on AMA guidelines for documentation and specificity will prepare you for proper ICD-10 and CPT coding applications later. Nancy Koerber, CPM, CPC will cover the basics of documentation. She will also provide updates on the changes that are coming in healthcare coverage over the next years as we transfer from a fee-for-service system to one that is quality/value incentive-based. Emphasis on AMA guidelines for documentation and specificity will prepare you for proper ICD-10 and CPT coding applications later.

WNC Headshot for websiteNancy has served as a midwife since 1982. She became a North American Registry of Midwives Registered Midwife in 1993, and a Certified Professional Midwife in 1995. Nancy co-founded and co-owned New Dawn Midwifery, pioneering the model of a CNM/CPM practice in Asheville, NC, where only CNMs are permitted to practice. From 1997-2010 she served as practice administrator, midwife, childbirth educator, and mentor for out-of-hospital births for the CNM/CPM practice offering home and hospital births. In addition, Nancy has twenty years of experience in medical office management performing medical coding, billing and chart documentation oversight in various medical specialties that included family practice, behavioral health, ob/gyn, and pediatrics. She has an Associates Degree in Business, is a Certified Professional Coder, and has experience in start-up management and small business operations. Recently, she worked for a federally-qualified community health center as medical coder, auditor, documentation specialist, team leader for the ICD-10 transition, and compliance educator for providers and residents. Today she is the Executive Director of the newly opened WNC Birth Center, Asheville, NC.

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Domestic Violence

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

Thursday, April 13, 2017 

This webinar qualifies for the NARM Category 3 Bridge Certificate

Typical Domestic Violence training in midwifery educational programs focuses on intimate terrorism (battering), which is primarily perpetrated by males on females. However, this type of domestic violence constitutes less than 10% of domestic violence. As midwives we need to recognize indicators of domestic violence in all its manifestations to safeguard our clients and improve family health. In addition to discussing the types of abuse and cycles of violence our pregnant clients may experience, this session will cover the other types of domestic violence (90%), which are perpetrated equally by men and women, explain how to screen for these types of domestic violence relationships, how they are handled by the justice system, the effects of these types of domestic violence on the children and therefore the next generation, when to refer, and tips for choosing good treatment programs. It includes video of unrehearsed responses to open-ended questions by a pregnant couple that chose to get treatment voluntarily.

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Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM, LMHC, holds two health care licenses in Florida: Licensed Midwife and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She is secretary and past president of the Association of Midwifery Educators, and Academic Director and Faculty for Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery since 2009. Justine has been serving midwives and midwifery organizations around the country for over 30 years.



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Cynthia Flynn, CNM, PhD, FACNM, received her BA from the University of Washington, her MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her MSN from Yale University.  She has served as Executive Director of The Birth Center, Bryn Mawr, PA; the General Director of Family Health and Birth Center, Washington DC, and founder/owner of Columbia Women’s Clinic and Birth Center, Kennewick, WA.   She  served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University  and as a clinical preceptor for RNs, CNMs, LMs, and NPs.  At the national level, she was President of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), and was also a member of the Health Professionals Council of the National Quality Forum. Cynthia now consults on midwifery practice through her business www.flynncnm.com.

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Informed Consent and Shared Decision-Making

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

 March 9, 2017 

This webinar qualifies for the NARM Category 3 Bridge Certificate

Midwives provide care that supports normal physiologic birth. Thank you for all that you do to promote health and to keep childbearing people and their babies healthy! Your skills in risk assessment, deep listening to the needs and values of your clients, and evidence ­informed and supported decision making are critical to the care you provide. This week’s NACPM webinar “Informed Consent and Shared Decision­making” is an opportunity to refresh and sharpen your understanding of the professional, legal and ethical requirements that underpin your practice. The presentation will also address how midwives and clients can use decision aids and electronic health records to support and document the information sharing and decision ­making processes.

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Drawing from her role on the NARM Board in drafting policy on documentation and practice of Informed Consent and Shared Decision Making, as well as her role in developing workflows for documentation of these processes in Maternity Neighborhood, Brynne Potter, CPM and CEO of Maternity Neighborhood, covered the minimum standards required to provide and document Informed Consent via the process of Shared Decision Making.  Documentation via paper or electronic consent were also covered.

Brynne is a midwife, national advocate, and thought leader within maternity care delivery and HIT solutions. By aligning US midwifery with the principles of disruptive innovation, Brynne focuses on the insights gained from the trenches of decentralized care delivered to women in homes and birth centers and looks for opportunities to scale high quality, value driven model of maternity care to hospitals and health systems. In her role as a board member of the North American Registry of Midwives, Brynne oversaw the updates to NARM’s policies on Informed Consent and Shared Decision Making.
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NACPM Executive Director Mary Lawlor  reported on the research and development of an NACPM Practice Committee that will compile, evaluate and share best practice information for CPMs.




Evidence-Informed Practice: Research Literacy & Shared Decision-Making

 1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

February 16, 2017

This webinar qualifies for the NARM Category 3 Bridge Certificate

How do you find the best available clinical guidance? How do you engage clients effectively in shared decisionmaking?

Courtney Everson cropDr. Courtney Everson, PhDintroduced midwives to the basics of research literacy, critical appraisal of the literature, and applying research to midwifery care. Evidence-informed practice (EIP) resides at the intersection of the best available research, the midwife’s professional expertise, and the client’s individual values, needs, and context.  Learn how to integrate research effectively into midwifery practice using the EIP framework! 

Courtney is a Medical Anthropologist and Dean of Graduate Studies at Midwives College of Utah, where she teaches a full two-credit online course on the Principles of Evidence-Informed Practice which is available to non-students through their continuing education program. She is Director of Research Education for the MANA Division of Research, a member of the MEAC Board of Directors, and Research Working Group member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health.
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Resources for EIP and Literature searches

GBS Screening and Treatment

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

January 12, 2017

This webinar qualifies for the NARM Category 3 Bridge Certificate


This webinar covered the etiology of Group Beta Strep, as well as historical and current best screening practices. In addition, the pharmacology of treatment was discussed.
Dr. Tolulope Adebanjo, Epidemic Intelligence Service  Officer in the Respiratory Diseases Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offered an overview of GBS, the history of GBS screening, and current guidelines for prevention of GBS disease in newborns.  
PDF of Tolu Adebanjo’s Presentation slides here

Vivickipenwelltempcki Penwell, CPM, explained the pharmacology of IV antibiotic treatment for Group Beta Strep in community settings. Vicki is cofounder of Mercy in Action, a nonprofit organization establishing birth centers for poor families in the Philippines since 1992 and now the Mercy in Action College of Midwifery located in Boise, Idaho. She regularly offers seminars and other continuing education courses, including “Expect the Unexpected: Midwives Handling Complications in Out-of-Hospital Settings” a four day intensive that is part of a series that meets the NARM Bridge Certificate requirements.
PDF of Vicki Penwell’s Presentation slides here

Zika: What Midwives Need to Know

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

September 26, 2016

This webinar qualifies for the NARM Category 3 Bridge Certificate

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Over the past couple of years, more than one million people, mostly in Latin America, have been infected with the Zika virus. Now that the Zika virus has spread to South Florida, new infections in Florida are considered “locally grown” and came even after aggressive mosquito control efforts. Although numbers are still small, cases have been confirmed in 48 of our states. This disease has become a worry for our childbearing population and all those who care for them. Midwifery clients and their sexual partners who live in or travel to areas where the Zika virus is found are at risk for this disease which can cause severe birth defects. Recently, the CDC warned pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a Miami neighborhood where 14 cases have been diagnosed. This webinar features national experts, including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and midwives working in Florida where the virus first appeared in the U.S. Learn what guidance is now available to providers and how to access resources for yourself and your clients.

Margaret Lampe, RN, MPH, a subject matter expert currently supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2016 Emergency Response to the Zika Virus within the Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force, was the keynote speaker for this webinar. She address ed clinical assessment, screening, precautions during delivery, and referrals  and resources for clinicians. She also shared data that the CDC has been collecting about the spread of the Zika virus in the U.S.
PDF of Margaret Lampe’s Zika webinar presentation slides



Dr. Rita Driggers, MD, is Associate Professor in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Driggers addressed the challenges and impact women face with a potential infection during pregnancy, when the woman and her fetus are most vulnerable, long term effects of the virus on women and infants, other developmental disorders, and decisions women face when contracting the Zika virus when pregnant.
PDF of Dr. Driggers’ Zika webinar presentation slides



Katie Pahner, Senior Vice President of Thorn Run Partners, NACPM’s federal health policy consultants, has extensive experience working as a senior health policy analyst and crafting and implementing federal health care policy. She presented the issues surrounding Congressional funding for addressing the spread of the Zika virus and the impact on clinicians and patients.
PDF of Katie Pahner’s Zika webinar presentation slides


barbara-blotBarbara D. Blot, RN, LM, CPM, BSN is an NACPM board member providing midwifery services to South Florida’s diverse birthing population. Barbara shared her experience in developing a protocol for her practice in Miami, “ground zero” for the Zika virus in the U.S., in conjunction with her county health officials.



judy-kaplanJudy Kaplan, CNM, ARNP, is the Director of Risk Assessment at the Miami Maternity (Birth) Center, which is owned and run by CPMs, and is a well-known resource for CPMs in South Florida. With a practice centered in Miami, Judy shared how she has stepped up to become a resource about the Zika virus for her patients, co-workers and the general population.


Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM, CLC, of Florida, shared with us from the perspective of a midwifery educator about the information she has added to her Embryology course teratogens module in light of the rise of the Zika virus in the U.S.

PDF of Justine Clegg’s Zika webinar presentation slides

maggie-wardlawMaggie Wardlaw, MSN, CNM, is passionate about providing the best care for women throughout their lifetime and has enjoyed catching babies in birth centers and hospitals since 1998. Maggie also practices in Miami and presented about her experience supporting patients at risk for the Zika virus.

Best Practices for Risk Management for CPM Practice

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

May 3, 2016

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David Pulley, Vice President of OneBeacon Professional Insurance, joined us to discuss all aspects of liability as it relates to midwives, including home birth practices and birth center-based practices.  Participants learned about the background of liability, including the difference between criminal and civil liability, as well as the basic legal theories of negligence.  David reviewed many best practices to help minimize liability, including documentation of the medical record; responsibilities as a business owner including additional liability concerns; reviewing processes and action plans; reporting of adverse events to appropriate parties; transporting mothers and/or infants; and collaboration with physicians. In addition, David presented the E-Discovery requirements to help midwives better understand the complexities of lawsuits.  A discussion of past claims, including causes and allegations of lawsuits was examined. Please view the recording below and scroll to the bottom of the page for CEU information.

PDF of Best Practices for Risk Management for CPMs presentation slides

Home Birth Center IIImproving Home to Hospital Transfer

This webinar qualifies for the NARM Category 3 Bridge Certificate

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

December 18,2014

The Best Practice Guidelines: Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital from the Home Birth Summit Collaboration Work Group were presented. The presentations will teach you how they can support practice and care in your own community. Learn from regional perinatal collaboratives around the country, and the perspectives of the various provider groups, from midwives to receiving physicians to emergency medical personnel, on improving care for women across providers and birth settings.


Presentation PDFs available for download here:
Best Practice Transfer Guidelines (Kate Finn, NY, and Larry Leeman, NM)
Smooth Transitions: Enhancing the Safety of Planned Out-of-Hospital Birth Transfers (Jo Anne Myers Ciecko, WA)
Autumn Vergo NACPM Webinar Home-To-Hospital Transport (Autumn Vergo, NH)
Hospital Transfer from Planned Out-of-Hospital Birth (Duncan Neilson, OR)
Improving Homebirth to Hospital Transfer: Interfacing With EMS (Stephen Murphy, WA)

Missy Cheney, PhD

How Your Practice Data Matters to Research and Quality Care

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

January 7, 2014
Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, presented an overview of the current studies underway using data from the MANA Statistics Project, one of the projects of the MANA Division of Research, and on finding ways the data can be used to inform practice. The presentation also included an update on VBAC, and on the issues involved in using social media to highlight and disseminate research findings on home birth.


Presentation PDF available for download here:
How Your Practice Data Matters to Research and Quality Care (Melissa Cheyney)

Promoting Healthy Physiologic Birth in the U.S.

1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available

January 21, 2015 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
NACPM welcomed Dr. Sarah Buckley  to present her exciting research on the hormonal physiology of birth, and how hormonal systems contribute to optimal outcomes for mothers and babies. Dr. Buckley, trained family physician, mother of four, and author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, presented the findings from her new report: Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care, published by Childbirth Connection, a core program of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Other Presenters:

Dr. Holly Kennedy from the Yale University School of Nursing discussed the Normal Birth Statement, Dr. Lisa Kane Low from the University of Michigan School of Nursing presented on the ACNM Birth Tools Kit, and Maureen P. Corry of Childbirth Connection provided an overview of plans for the dissemination of Dr. Buckley’s ground-breaking report on hormonal physiology.

Kennedy, Low & Corry



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