Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Midwives "Down Under" Out-Number

In scanning this article about Australia’s Midwife of the Year, I was surprised to see that there are about 12,000 midwives in that country. It made me wonder how the U.S. compared.

The American College of Nurse Midwives’ 2003 annual report (the most recent available on line) listed just shy of 7,000 members. The most recent newsletter from the North American Registry of Midwives (the certifying organization for direct entry or “Certified Practicing Midwives”) recognized their 1000th member.

Even adding together the CNM and CPM figures, we only get to 8,000. Two-thirds the number of midwives in Australia.

What about population? The U.S., at 295 million, has more than ten times as many people as Australia.


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