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Arizona Student Midwives is an organization committed to helping student midwives achieve their goals and build a community. We work within our community to support student midwives in their training and are here to help those who are exploring or actively pursuing midwifery by providing information, support and guidance. We hold monthly meetings where we offer discussions of different topics and an open forum to ask questions. These meetings are for current students, people who are interested in becoming a midwife and midwives and care providers interested in helping and supporting students on their journey to midwifery. We wish to create confidence and support for our future midwives, and to strengthen the birth community and future of midwives in Arizona.

​Educational Paths for AZ Midwifery Students
Schooling options for midwifery students in Arizona vary widely, as there is no single method endorsed by the state.  The list to the right contains some available options and is a great list to get you started. The best route is to start studying all you can whether enrolled in a school or not before you seek out a midwife to apprentice with.  You can also attend classes and meetings to learn. There are currently not any formal education programs within this state.
Lending Library

Students may borrow books and supplies from the lending library by contacting arizonastudentmidwives@gmail.com. Lending items include texts, educational models, training materials, movies and more. To see a complete list of lending library items, click HERE. 

 

Becoming an Arizona Licensed Midwife

Before Beginning 

Although it is not a requirement at this time, you are strongly encouraged to sign and mail Arizona Department of Health Services a notarized form stating your formal apprenticeship with your preceptor.

Before Submitting your Application

  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • You must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma.
  • You must be of good moral character.
  • Provide evidence of having obtained a score of 80% or better in each of the subjects outlined in the Midwife Didactic Training Forms from accredited college level courses or through self study and demonstration of competencies and knowledge to a preceptor at a level of above average or excellent.
  • You must be currently certified by the American Heart Association in adult basic CPR.
  • You must be certified by the American Heart Association in Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a Certified Nurse Midwife, a Licensed Midwife, or a Physician.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a mother for whom you have provided midwifery services.
  • Provide a validation of midwifery apprenticeship signed by your preceptor(s).  Each preceptor must sign their own validation form.
  • Provide evidence of having obtained an assessment of above average or excellent based on the Preceptor Rating Guide, from your preceptor during your apprenticeship the following:

       *60 Prenatal care visits to a minimum of 15 women.

       *Attendance at the labor and delivery of at least 25 live births, for the

       purpose of observation and to provide assistance to the preceptor.

       *Supervised management of labor and delivery of the newborn and

       placenta for at least 25 births.

       *25 Newborn examinations

       *25 postpartum evaluations of mother and newborn within 72 hours, and

       again at 6 weeks

      *Observation of one complete set of at least 6 prepared childbirth classes

       offered by a nationally certified childbirth educator or organization.

  • Provide evidence of having obtained an assessment of above average or excellent based on the Preceptor Rating Guide, from your preceptor during your apprenticeship the following:

       *Provision of care during the prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and

       newborn period.

       *Recognition of normal, abnormal, emergency, and complications of

       expected fetal and maternal conditions and the appropriate application

       of interventions.

       *Practice of Universal Precautions in the handling of bodily fluids and the

       aseptic theory related to the provision of care during a woman’s

       childbearing year.

       *Techniques of drawing blood and performing urine testing, ordering

        labs, as well as the interpretation of results.

       *Performing injections

       *Suturing

       *Techniques in the operation and maintenance of office laboratory

        equipment

       *Techniques or record maintenance and charting

       *Techniques of physical assessment in adults and newborns.

To Apply For Your License:

  • You shall submit:

       *A completed packet with notarized preceptor signature
       *A filing fee of $25
       *A testing fee of $100
       *A 2″ by 2″ photograph of yourself

  • There are deadlines for submitting your application to take the NARM exam.  You must submit your application and all required documents by:

        *November 1st to take the February NARM exam

       *May 1st to take the August NARM exam
       *August 1st to take the October NARM exam at the MANA conference.

 

After you Apply For Your License:

  • Upon approval of your application materials you shall take a three-part examination administered sequentially and biannually by the department of health consisting of the following.

       *The NARM exam (must pass with 80%): A written examination designed to

        test your knowledge or the theory of pregnancy, childbirth, and the core

        subjects.

        *An oral examination designed to test clinical judgment in the practice of

        licensed midwifery.
        *A practical examination designed to demonstrate the applicant’s mastery of

        skills necessary for the practice of midwifery.

  • Once you are registered for the examination you will have to prove your identity by a photo ID upon request by the proctor administering the test. 
  • You must score 80% or higher in each portion of the examination process before you will be permitted to take the next portion.

Becoming a Certified Professional Midwife

Before Beginning 

For the CPM Certification you must order the NARM CPM Certification Application Packet Portfolio Evaltuation Process (PEP) Application Packet and Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) first. Currently you can download it online, but when you apply for your certificate, you will have to pay a $25 administration fee for printing it.  NARM requires you to use their forms only.

Before Submitting your Application

  • You must be currently certified by the American Heart Association in adult basic CPR.  You must present a copy of both sides of your certification card.
  • You must be certified by the American Heart Association in Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).  You must present a copy of both sides of your certification card.
  • Provide three letters of reference (personal, professional peer, and professional client)
  • ​Provide a preceptor verification form.
  • While functioning as the primary midwife under the supervision of your preceptor you must do the following:

      *75 Prenatal  exams including 20 Initial Exams

      *Attendance as an active participant at 20 births.

      *20 Births

              At least 10 of the 20 must be in home or other out-of-hospital settings.
              At least 3 of the 20 births must be for women who you have provided

              primary care during at least 4 prenatal visits, birth, newborn exam,

              and 1 postpartum exam.
              At least 10 of the 20 births must have occurred within three years of

              application submission.

      *20 Newborn examinations

      *40 Postpartum examinations

  • Provide verification from the preceptor(s) that you have achieved proficiency on each area listed on the Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Essential for Competent Practice Verification Form including:

​      *Midwifery counseling, education and communication.

      *General healthcare skills

      *Maternal health assessment

      *Labor, birth and immediate postpartum

      *Postpartum

      *Well-woman care

      *Well-baby care

  • Written verification by you or your preceptor (see specific category requirements below) that you have developed and utilize:

      *Practice Guidelines

      *An informed consent document
      *Forms and handouts relating to midwifery practice 
      *An emergency care plan

To Apply For Your License:

  • Provide verification of experience and skills through NARM’s PEP Program.  Upon successfully completing NARM’s PEP Program you will be sent a Letter of Completion that can be submitted as edcuational equivalency in the CPM process.
  • Submit a copy of:

      *Legal photo identification – Passport or Driver’s License
      *Both sides of your current CPR Certification
      *A head and shoulder’s photo of yourself taken within the last 6 months

      with your signature on the back

  • ​Submit the CPM Application form (400) and your Letter of Completion of NARM’s PEP Program.
  • Include Application fee of $700 in Certified Check or Money Order in U.S. Funds made out to NARM.  If you printed the application packet you must include an additional $25 administration fee as well. Verify fees before sending as they do periodically change.
  • If you are already a licensed midwife in Arizona, you can apply for your CPM Certificate without having to retake the NARM exam.  There are documents you must complete that are specific to already licensed midwives in Arizona.  When ordering your application packet, make sure you ask for the additional documents.

After you Apply For Your License:

Upon approval of your application materials, you will be scheduled for the NARM Written Examination.  After you pass the NARM Written Examination you will receive your Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Certificate.

Information For Students

Licensure Requirements
Below you will find a comparison of requirements for becoming an Arizona Licensed Midwife (LM) vs. a Certified Professional Midwife through the PEP Process. Please take not that laws, regulations and rules do change, so verify with the licensing board what is required for licensure.  You can obtain this information at the Arizona Department of Health Services and at the North American Registry of Midwives. Please review State forms and the NARM PEP packet and CIB thoroughly as there is more detailed information contained therein than in this chart.
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