International Registry of Midwives was founded by Licensed Midwives from several countries, to address the need for certification that requires competency and expertise in global Midwifery; specifically experience and expertise that is crucial when serving as a Midwife, out of hospital in both industrialized and low resource settings. Please learn about our mission, past, present and future here here.
Midwives that hold the Certified International Midwife (CIM™) credential have quickly become well recognized, accepted and respected by many international Ministries of Health.
The CIM is the only Midwifery credential that requires extensive knowledge and experience in International out-of-hospital Pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. We require a minimum of 75 births for entry level Midwives working under a preceptor and a minimum of 150 births for Experienced Midwives seeking Certification; a portion of these births must take place in low resource/high risk settings.
The nearly 400 question proctored exam covers every aspect of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum care for both mom and baby. Exam content covers situations that Midwives will encounter as autonomous care providers on a global scale. Once certified through IRM as a Certified International Midwife™,you have the option of taking additional advanced certification exams in the future. These advanced certifications include skills such as Lactation, Breech and Multiples that are vital to improving global health.
Bridge programs are available for those who meet our requirements and are currently licensed and/or credentialed as a RM, CM, CNM, CPM, Obstetrician or other equivalent foreign qualified Midwife or physician.
IRM values Traditional Birth Attendants and their importance and role in improving global maternal child health and we offer the option of becoming a Certified Traditional Birth Attendant (CTBA™). We are dedicated to expanding TBA training and acceptance worldwide. Our CTBA certification option is flexible and takes into account the socioeconomic conditions and difficulties you face working as a TBA in low resource settings.
We also acknowledge and value the role of a well trained Global Doula. Our (CGD™) Certified Global Doula exam requires vast knowledge as a well rounded birth support person who understands the unique challenges Birthing Families encounter globally.
All IRM exams are available in multiple languages and are available without leaving the location you are serving in.
IRM exam, membership and conference profits help support Humanitarian nonprofit birth centers, train Traditional Birth Attendants and support Humanitarian and Missionary Midwives serving in low resource settings.
IRM offers credentialing programs for Midwives, Traditional Birth Attendants and Doulas that aim to serve globally in a humanitarian capacity.
Did you know that we also offer an annual membership to childbirth professionals, with no requirement to certify through our organization? Benefits of membership include free online peer review sessions, discounted conference fees and more!
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