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A career in midwifery is as rewarding as it is exciting. Yet, unlike other professions, the process of meeting the requirements for licensing in the form of quality education and experiences can be obscure. The following is a summary of what is necessary and/or recommended for becoming a licensed midwife in Louisiana.

The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) is the governing body the issues licenses to midwives. The State of Louisiana recognizes the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential as meeting the education and skills requirements for becoming a licensed midwife. The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), the credentialing organization for CPMs, has developed the criteria for training, education and supervised clinical experience, followed by a skills assessment and written exam. The Candidate Information Booklet is NARM’s comprehensive guide to all aspects of the certification process. The certifying process usually takes three to five years to complete.

The main components for quality midwifery education are didactic, clinical and skill assessment.The LMA has developed a program that addresses these three components through an on-line education program partnered with Louisiana midwives offering clinical experiences and skill assessments. The program is designed to meet the requirements for NARM certification (CPM) and state licensing (LM) with the purpose of training competent midwives.

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