The word midwife simple means "with woman". There are many types of midwives. The following are definitions of some of the different types of midwives.
Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM)
Direct-entry"midwives, who are licensed in some states, are not required to become nurses before training to be midwives. The Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC) is currently accrediting direct-entry midwifery educational programs and apprenticeships in the United States. Direct-entry midwives; legal status varies according to state, and they practice most often in birth centers and in homes.
Florida Licensed Midwife (LM)
Florida recognizes the World Health Organization model of midwifery, acknowledging midwifery as an independent profession, separate from obstetrics and nursing. Midwives are specialists in normal pregnancy and birth. Over 80 percent of all babies in the world are born into the caring, skillful hands of a midwife. Florida Licensed Midwives undertake three years of academic and clinical education, covering the core competencies of MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) and the ACNM (American College of Nurse-Midwives). They then sit for the NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) Exam to become licensed. Practicing under Florida Statute Chapter 467, Florida's Licensed Midwives are serving women and families in birth centers and homes, providing safe and satisfying care.
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is an independent practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwifery Model of Care. The NARM certification process recognizes multiple routes of entry into midwifery and includes verification of knowledge and skills and the successful completion of both a Written Examination and Skills Assessment. The CPM credential requires training in out-of-hospital settings.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM)
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are educated in both nursing and midwifery. After attending an educational program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives Certification Council (ACC), they must pass the ACC examination and can be licensed in the individual states in which they practice most often in hospitals and birth centers.