Squashed by Politics, Birth Choices Dwindle in Illinois
Dr. Wayne Polek, president of the Illnois State Medical Society says...
"Professional midwives have minimal training..."That's our major problem with the bill. It's not about the home birth itself; it's a question of who is delivering the care. People are confusing the issues. If it's a certified nurse midwife who has a physician supervising, then (home birth) is fine with us." Read More.Certified Professional Midwives receive national credentials as they meet the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).
On how to receive this credential, NARM website states...
The first step in the certification process is an evaluation of the applicant’s education and clinical training according to the standards set by the Portfolio Evaluation Process. All certification candidates must demonstrate the essential competencies identified by the NARM Job Analysis, either through completion of the Portfolio Evaluation Process or through a route determined by NARM as equivalent. All candidates, regardless of educational route, must complete the second step, which is the NARM Written Examination. The NARM Written Examination is designed to assure mastery of the didactic material that is necessary for clinical competence. Read MoreLet's take a look at a general course in midwifery training shall we? Checking out Seattle Midwifery School as a template for the general idea...
|MW3101 Midwifery Care 1: Introduction to the Midwives Model of Care||3.0|
|MW3105 Introduction to Epidemiology for Midwives||3.5|
|MW3301 Well Woman Health and Assessment||4.0|
|MW3311 Perinatal Nutrition 1: Pre-conception and Prenatal||2.0|
|MW4100 Genetics and Embryology||2.0|
|MW4300 Pharmacology and Treatments 1||1.0|
|MW4302 Midwifery Care 2: Pregnancy and Prenatal Care||4.0|
|MW4321 Clinical Skills 1||1.0|
|MW4313 Counseling for the Childbearing Year 1||1.0|
|MW4800 Introduction to Practicum||0.5|
|MW5101 Master's Project 1||0.5|
|MW 4303 Midwifery Care 3: Advanced Pregnancy and Prenatal Care||4.0|
|MW4314 Counseling for the Childbearing Year 2||1.0|
|MW4322 Clinical Skills 2||1.0|
|MW4101 Professional Issues Seminar: Cultural Competency for Midwives||2.0|
|MW4301 Pharmacology and Treatments 2||1.0|
|MW4331 Clinical Seminar 1||1.0|
|MW4801 Practicum 1||2.5|
|MW5100 Research Methods for Midwifery||3.0|
|MW4802 Practicum 2||6.0|
|MW4102 Professional Issues Seminar: Modern Midwifery, History, Politics and Activism||2.0|
|MW4323 Clinical Skills 3||0.5|
|MW4332 Clinical Seminar 2||1.0|
|MW5102 Master's Project 2 0||0.5|
|MW5304 Midwifery Care 4: Labor and Birth||6.0|
|MW5315 Counseling for the Childbearing Year 3||1.5|
|MW5803 Practicum 3||4.5|
|MW4307 Breastfeeding and Lactation Education||2.0|
|MW4312 Perinatal Nutrition 2: Nutrition for Postpartum & Breastfeeding||1.0|
|MW4333 Clinical Seminar 3||1.0|
|MW5103 Master's Project 3||0.5|
|MW5114 Professional Issues Seminar: Health Care Systems & Policy||2.0|
|MW5305 Midwifery Care 5: Postpartum and Newborn Care||4.0|
|MW5316 Counseling for the Childbearing Year 4: Postpartum||1.5|
|MW5324 Clinical Skills 4||0.5|
|MW5804 Practicum 4||3.0|
|MW4103 Professional Issues Seminar: Midwifery Legal, Ethical & Professional Frameworks||2.5|
|MW5104 Master's Project 4||0.5|
|MW5306 Midwifery Care 6: Challenges in Practice||4.5|
|MW5325 Clinical Skills 5||0.5|
|MW5334 Clinical Seminar 4||1.0|
|MW6805 Practicum 5||4.0|
|MW6105 Master's Project 5||3.0|
|MW6806 Practicum 6||4.5|
|MW6106 Master's Project 6||3.0|
|MW6307 Midwifery Care 7: Synthesis and Application||2.0|
|MW6335 Clinical Seminar 5||1.0|
|MW6807 Practicum 7||8.0|
|MW6107 Master's Project 7||3.0|
|MW6336 Clinical Seminar 6||1.0|
|MW6808 Practicum 8||8.0|
|MW6115 Professional Issues Seminar: The Business of Midwifery||2.5|
|MW6337 Clinical Seminar 7||1.0|
|MW6809 Practicum 9||9.0|
I don't know about you, but that looks pretty adequately trained, with skills to aid a seamless home birth.
Twenty-seven states recognize CPMs as adequately trained and skilled to deliver care to women who choose to birth at home...with success, I might add...yet the Illinois State Medical Society wants to dictate politics based on their personal opinion (and bottom dollar) rather than what is evident.
Meanwhile, here in Illinois, a black market has been unleashed for CPMs as Certified Nurse Midwives (which are legally recognized) are essential unheard of... the Chicago Tribune reports that there are only NINE CNMs in the entire state, most congregating in the Chicago area.
It's so clear to me that doctors in Illinois do not want to lose their market. With Certified Nurse Midwives, they have at least some participation in the market as they behave as a "supervisor"...I'm sure they'll be paid for that as well. Certified Professional Midwives on the other hand would be independent and self-employed for the most part. However, it seems as though their effort to squash their competition has been for naught, approximately 800 women a year, in the state of Illinois, continue to birth at home.
Seattle Midwifery School
North American Registry of Midwives
Coalition of Illinois Midwifery