Gratefulbirth Nevada Preparatory Program

Director : Kellie Sparkman

Certified NARM Preceptor
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Study Plan

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

  • 10 – 12 hours independent study per week
  • Review monthly with study group workshop
  • Mock skill tests with study group

Topics include:

  • Suturing/Perineal Repair
  • Pelvic
  • Birth Management
  • Informed Choice
  • Phone Triage
  • History taking skills
  • Prenatal
Midwife giving baby a bath

Our brilliant student Marlene Cruz washing and welcoming a new arrival.

Marlene can be reached at Se habla espanol (702)336-1883

International Definition of a Midwife

Adopted by the International Confederation of Midwives 19 July 2005

A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational programme, duly recognised in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery.

Midwife birth water in tub

The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventive measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.

The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and childcare.

A midwife may practice in any setting including in the home, the community, hospitals, clinics or health units.

"Imagine that you are a midwife; you are assisting at someone else’s birth. Do good without show or fuss. Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening...When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say, ‘We did it ourselves!’”

John Heider’s The Tao of Leadership (1985)


LM (Licensed Midwife) : This is a Midwife who has processed through a "Board", which is a division of the Licensing Medical board, under "Business and Professions Codes" with evidence of documentation of credited "Midwifery Education Program" or a "Completion Challenge Process Program" and requires continuing education which is regulated and accountable to the State.

CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) : NARM, (North American Registry of Midwifery), is an international certification agency which encompasses multiple educational routes of entry. This agency sets standards for Midwifery. A Certified Professional Midwife has met the standards for certification set by NARM. The CPM is the only international credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.

Midwifery practice, like that of other health professionals in the United States and Canada, is governed at the State or Provincial level. Laws and regulations vary considerably from one State or Province to another. Anyone interested in becoming a midwife should learn about the laws affecting midwifery in the region in which she might practice.

Request an Application

You may request an application for the Nevada Midwifery Challenge Preparatory Program by sending your name, address, and phone number in the form below.

Applicants are invited to join our Tuesday study group covering a variety of topics to move you towards CPM certification. Call 702-399-8380 or use the form below for more information and directions.