For Students

bastyr-students-doing-NRPWelcome to aspiring midwifery students and those of you who are already on the path to becoming a Certified Professional Midwife. We are excited that you are considering or have chosen to become a Certified Professional Midwife.

Certified Professional Midwives play an important role in serving childbearing women, their infants and their families. In the U.S. where our over-use of expensive technologies and underuse of many beneficial forms of care have resulted in the most expensive maternity care system in the world with relatively poor outcomes, Certified Professional Midwives provide unique and critical access to normal physiologic birth, with its numerous benefits for mothers and newborns, all while saving significant health care dollars.

You are the future of Certified Professional Midwifery and we welcome and encourage you to join NACPM as a student member. You are the leaders who will carry midwifery forward in the U.S. NACPM, the professional association for CPMs in the U.S. needs you, and NACPM wants to serve you as you move into practice and work as a CPM. Thank you for your commitment to this profession and to women. Join NACPM today!

We invite you to explore the student section of this website. If you have any questions or comments, please write to us at or

Read here to learn about NACPM’s leadership to influence and foster the development of professional identity and the contributions that CPMs can make to transforming maternity care in the U.S.

Read about NACPM’s Chapter Project to engage members in setting the direction of the organization, support for the practice of CPM midwifery, and opportunities for CPMs to engage with the innovative reforms of the Affordable Care Act.