The National Partnership for Women & Families released their "Blueprint for Advancing High-Value Maternity Care Through Physiologic Childbearing" in June 2018. One of their priority recommendations was to grow the midwifery workforce.
Massachusetts HB4655 “An Act Relative to Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety” meets the Blueprint’s recommendations for Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) regulation:
Extend legal recognition of CPMs to remaining states
Incorporate principles for model legislation that enable practice to the full scope of education and competence and align with Global Standards of the International Confederation of Midwives
Ensure that by 2020 all new applicants for CPM licensure have successfully completed a midwifery educational program or pathway accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and obtained the CPM credential
Ensure that those who previously obtained the certification through a non-accredited pathway also meet guidance of the U.S. MERA (Midwifery Education, Regulation and Association) Statement on the Licensure of Certified Professional Midwives