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Here are some useful terms and acronyms you will come across frequently…


Types of Midwifery Licensure:

Licensed Midwife (LM) 
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) 
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) 


Midwifery Related Organizations:
North American Registry of Midwives (NARM):
Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA):

Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC):

American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM):


Paths to Becoming a Midwife:

In New Mexico, there are several ways to become a Licensed Midwife:

  • through an education program in a midwifery school

  • independent study and apprenticeship with a Licensed Midwife

  • Obtain CPM and then apply for licensure in New Mexico 


To become a Certified Professional Midwife:

  • Complete the NARM Portfolio Evaluation Process (PEP)

  • Obtain NM Licensure and then apply to become a Certified Professional Midwife


The academic and clinical requirements of these options are determined by NARM and the State of New Mexico.

Once you have completed your academic and clinical training, you may apply to sit for the NARM midwifery exam. Students having met all requirements for their chosen path of study, will be permitted to site for the NARM midwifery exam.  With a passing score on the NARM exam, you may apply to take the New Mexico midwifery exam and earn a license to practice midwifery in New Mexico.


You can access the New Mexico Licensed Midwifery Apprenticeship forms and license application information below:



To become a Certified Nurse Midwife:


Certified Nurse "Midwives are primary health care providers to women throughout the lifespan. This means that midwives perform physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory tests as needed, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages. Women, children, and families have better lives because of the work of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). The American College of Nurse-Midwives is the professional association that represents CNMs and CMs"(from the ACNM website To learn about the UNM Nurse-Midwifery program, visit






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