Celebrating with Maine: New Law Licenses both CMs and CPMs!
ACNM is celebrating with the Maine Affiliate the enactment of LD.690 on April 29, which provides for licensure of both Certified Midwives (CMs) and Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). The bill was drafted through a lengthy and rigorous stakeholder process that resulted in a multitude of organizations expressing support for the bill, including the Maine Medical Association and the Maine Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The new law incorporates the US MERA consensus statements regarding CPM licensure and establishes distinct scopes of practice for CMs and CPMs tied to national professional standards, among other things. The bill was initially vetoed by Governor LePage on April 27 for a multitude of reasons, including, according to Maine Public Broadcasting, believing that “the bill is unnecessary, represents an expansion of government and could become an unfunded mandate in the future.” The veto was overturned in the legislature 2 days later, due in no small part to the sustained advocacy efforts of the bill’s supporters. The Maine experience sets a new model for successful multi-stakeholder negotiation practices and demonstrates a possible route for expanded recognition of the CM credential that could be duplicated in other states. Congratulations, Maine!