EVERY MOTHER COUNTS | A TALK WITH MARY LAWLOR, MIDWIFE POLICY ADVOCATE

Every Mother CountsWe sat down with Mary Lawlor to talk about how midwifery improves maternal healthcare and how policy determines which midwives get paid.
Mary Lawlor is a Certified Professional Midwife, owner of the Monadnock Birth Centerin Vermont and Executive Director of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives.

EMC:  Mary, most people are familiar with Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) who predominantly practice in hospitals, although some provide services in birth centers and at home.  Tell us what a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) does.

Mary:  I like to describe it that Certified Nurse Midwifery grew out of public health nursing.  Certified Professional Midwifery grew out of the consumer movement to reclaim natural birth in the 60s and 70s.  Consumers rose up and said, “You can’t forcibly drug us, tie us to the table, or separate us from our babies anymore.”  A group of these women decided to stay home to have their babies, and out of that group grew the first credentialed direct entry midwives in the U.S.  CPMs study midwifery directly rather than studying it through a nursing program. They’re qualified to practice in all settings, but have special training for birth center and home births.  

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