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US Midwifery ERA (US MERA)

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An historic joint meeting of seven organizations directly responsible for education, regulation and professional associations for the three U.S. midwifery credentials—CPM, CNM and CM—was held April 19-21, 2013 at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrington, Virginia.  Named the United States Midwifery Education, Regulation and Association (US MERA) work group, the  objectives were to: 1) strengthen the foundation for organizations responsible for midwifery education, regulation and associations to work collaboratively to advance the midwifery profession in the U.S., and 2) grow together as leaders creating the future of midwifery in the U.S.

The following identified meeting goals were met
  • Describe a history that reflects the ongoing efforts to move professional midwifery forward in the U.S., including identification of challenges and accomplishments
  • Engage in a dialog that creates a deeper understanding of current strengths and challenges for U.S. midwifery
  • Develop knowledge and trust to support successful ongoing communication
  • Identify opportunities for future collaboration
  • Conduct a collaborative analysis of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) three pillars—Education, Regulation, and Association (ERA)—as they apply to U.S. midwifery
US MERA member organizations 

Member organizations included, American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), Accreditation Council for Midwifery Education (ACME), American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM.)

Statement of Purpose

By consensus US MERA participants recommended establishment of the US MERA Work Group as an ongoing entity with the following purpose:

“The purpose of US MERA is to create a shared vision for U.S. midwifery within a global context, generate an action plan for collaboration to strengthen and promote the profession of midwifery in the United States, thereby engendering a positive impact on U.S. maternity care that will improve the health of women and infants.”   

The seven organization of US MERA will release their statements of common ground sometime in late spring 2013. Look for them here.