AME is proud to present the following continuing education opportunities in partnership with NACPM.  To participate in any of these courses in order to earn CEUs, follow the linked course title to Digital Chalk, create a log-in, and look for your desired course in our Course Catalog.


Have you been wondering what impact health reform and the Affordable Care Act might have on your midwifery practice and what opportunities are emerging for changing childbirth in America? NACPM in partnership with AME has prepared a series of 5 webinars to address such questions. Experts from a variety of fields focus on topics such as reimbursement, integrated health systems, innovative practices, and electronic health records.

The Affordable Care Act: What Health Reform Means for Women, Families & Communities
1 continuing education hour
– Becky Martin

Explores the historic context that led to the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the various provisions in the legislation.
Birth Centers and Women’s Health Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

1.5 continuing education hours

– Jill Alliman, CNM, American Association of Birth Centers
– Usha Ranji, MS, Associate Director for Women’s Health Policy at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
– Autumn Vergo, CPM, NACPM board member and NH birth center owner

Describes birth center regulation, how the ACA can help women gain access to CPM care in birth centers, and how state licensed CPMs can bill Medicaid for birth center services.
Understanding Accountable Care Organizations

1.5 continuing education hours

– Karen Milgate, former CMS Deputy Director for Strategic Planning
– Timothy Fisher, MD. FACOG, Chair of Women’s Health Services at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcok Clinic in Keene, NH
– Bill Walter, ND, Naturopathic physician with Golden Apple Healthcare and Lane County Community Health and HIV Alliance in Eugene, OR

Explains Accountable Care Organizations, their origins, structure, value, and promise of this innovative model, and how CPMs can participate in an ACO as a licensed provider.
Section 2706 and Other ACA Sections that Address Integrative Providers

1.5 continuing education hours

– Deborah Senn, former Washington State Insurance Commissioner
– Billy Wynne, Thorn Run Partners, CEO Healthcare Lighthouse
– John Weeks, Executive Director, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Healthcare (ACCAHC)

Covers Section 2706, prohibiting discrimination against providers by payers, and ACA provisions that refer to licensed or integrative providers including state licensed CPMs.



Leveraging Competency-Based Education and Direct Assessment to Advance Midwifery Education
1.5 continuing education hours
– Charla S. Long, JD

Explains the national competency based education (CBE) movement and how institutions are leveraging a CBE pedagogy to provide innovative and quality higher education programs that are affordable and accessible to more students. The CBE movement has captured the attention of federal leaders and the webinar describes why CBE attracts bipartisan support in the Beltway and beyond. Direct assessment and credit-hour based models are discussed, including an overview of how institutions could use either model in the advancement of midwifery education.



MAMA Campaign:  A New Foundation for Federal Recognition of CPMs
1.5 continuing education hours
– Mary Lawlor, CPM, NHCM, LM, MA, Executive Director, NACPM
– Jesse Bushman, Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
– Billy Wynne of Thorn Run Partners, lobbyist and NACPM health policy consultant
– Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, The Birth Place and Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery.

Discussion of the new strategy for the MAMA Campaign that incorporates US MERA agreements into the federal bill; opportunities for federal recognition for CPMs; overview of the provisions to include Certified Midwives in the federal Medicaid program; opportunities for new joint CPM/CM/CNM advocacy, and securing ACOG support; the MAMA Campaign’s strategy for success with Congress and federal agencies; opportunities during the current Congress for moving this important legislation forward; and how critical nationwide Medicaid reimbursement for CPMs is to improving the health and saving the lives of childbearing women in the U.S., especially the most vulnerable.
Overview of State Licensure for CPMs
1.5 continuing education hours
– Ida Darragh, LM, CPM, Chair, NARM
– Mary Lawlor, CPM, NHCM, LM, MA, Executive Director, NACPM
– Debrah Lewis, MS/c Midwifery, Executive Director/Independent Midwife, Mamatoto Resource & Birth Centre, Trinidad, WI; ICM Vice President, 2011-2014

This webinar addresses questions about CPM licensing, including the complexities of various state statutes and the implications for states looking to gain or amend existing legislation, and a review of the ICM regulation standards, which provide an important context for licensing and regulation in the United States.
US MERA: What it could mean for CPMs
1.5 continuing education hours
– Mary Lawlor, CPM, NHCM, LM, MA, Executive Director, NACPM
– Kaye Kanne, CDM, CPM, NACPM Treasurer, US MERA Infrastructure Committee
– Jamie Eidsath, CPM, NACPM Board member, US MERA Equity Task Force
– Jo Anne Myers Ciecko, MPH, NACPM Consultant, MEAC representative to US MERA Legislative Committee
– Sandra Stewart, MEAC Executive Director, US MERA Education Committee

NACPM has been working with other national midwifery organizations in the US MERA collaboration to find a way forward through the many obstacles midwives encounter. This webinar provides an overview of the purpose, history, accomplishments, and next steps for US MERA.
US MERA: How to Put it to Use for CPMs
1.5 continuing education hours
– Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH
– Ida Darragh, CPM, Chair of NARM
– Kristi Ridd-Young, President of the Midwives College of Utah
– Mary Lawlor, CPM, NHCM, LM, MA, Executive Director of NACPM
– Ellie Daniels, CPM of Maine and President of NACPM

This webinar describes the US MERA Principles of Model Midwifery Legislation & Regulation and how they can be of use to state advocates; the Midwifery Bridge Certificate and the role it is playing in new state CPM licensure bills; the current range of MEAC-accredited schools available to students today; innovations in higher education to increasing access to and affordability of training of midwives; and a discussion of Maine’s groundbreaking multi-stakeholder collaboration to develop legislation to license CPMs based on US MERA agreements.



Promoting Healthy Physiologic Birth in the US
1.5 continuing education hours
– Sarah Buckley, MD
– Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN
– Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM
– Maureen P. Corry, MPH

This webinar explains the effects of birth setting and birth attendant on hormones of labor; how non-interventive birth and midwifery care facilitate maternal and fetal wellbeing throughout labor, birth and the immediate postpartum; national initiatives that promote normal physiologic birth in all settings, including the Normal Birth Statement and the ACNM BirthTOOLS tool kit; and how the National Partnership Report can be used to help expand access to physiologic birth in communities across the US.
How Your Practice Data Matters to Research and Quality Care

1.5 continuing education hours

– Melissa Cheney, PhD, CPM, LDM
– Jeanette McCulloch, IBCLC
– Autumn J. Vergo, NHCM, CPM, RN, CLC

This webinar presents an overview of the current studies underway using data from the MANA Statistics Project, one of the projects of the MANA Division of Research, and on discovering ways the data can be used to inform practice. Included is an update on VBAC findings from the MANA data set, and on the issues involved in using social media to highlight and disseminate research findings on home birth.
Best Practice Guidelines: Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital

1.5 continuing education hours

– Kate T. Finn, MS, Licensed Midwife
– Larry Leeman, MD, MPH
– Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH
– Autumn Vergo, CPM, NHCM, RN
– Duncan Neilson, MD, FACOG, FACS
– Stephen M. Murphy, Battalion Chief / Paramedic

Seamless transfer of care when indicated from a planned home birth to the hospital setting is an essential component of safe home birth services. The Home Birth Summit Collaboration Task Force has developed model guidelines for coordination among maternity care professionals to reduce risk for women and families, based on an extensive review of the evidence on methods to promote effective inter-professional collaboration, as well as a survey of various existing transfer documents, protocols, procedures, recommended practices by professional associations, and institutional and state-level standards for effective communication and documentation during transfer. This webinar reviews the evidence upon which the guidelines are based and discusses dissemination and use of the guidelines by maternity care providers to facilitate optimal integration of care across birth settings.
Best Practices for Risk Management for CPMs
1.5 continuing education hours
– David B. Pulley, MSM in RMI, CPCU, RPLU

This webinar covers all aspects of liability as it relates to midwives, including home birth and birth center-based practices; the background of liability, including the difference between criminal and civil liability, and basic legal theories of negligence; best practices to help minimize liability, including documentation of the medical record; responsibilities as a business owner including additional liability concerns; reviewing processes and action plans; reporting of adverse events to appropriate parties; transporting mothers and/or infants; and collaboration with physicians.  E-Discovery requirements are considered to better understand the complexities of lawsuits.  Past claims, including causes and allegations of lawsuits are discussed.