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Direct entry midwifery is legal in the state of Massachusetts.

Currently (October 2001), direct entry midwives practice legally, without regulation but also without official recognition, as per a 1985 Supreme Judicial Court decision. CNMs practice legally, under the supervision of the Board of Nursing, as per statute.

Legislation is pending before the Massachusetts legislature to create a Board of Midwifery that would govern CPMs, CNMs and CMs. The bill has been designated as Senate 569. Additional information can be obtained from the Massachusetts Coalition for Midwifery web site, which is accessible from the MFOM web site.

MA Friends of Midwives


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Massachusetts Affiliate American College of Nurse Midwives


Massachusetts Midwives Alliance


WomanCraft Midwifery Studies Program

Direct-entry midwifery program providing an interactive hands-on learning environment for women to study holistic midwifery. Dedicated to preserving the apprenticeship model of training and the age old tradition of woman to woman, mother to mother passage of knowledge.

Contact: Beth Anne Moonstone
37 Thayer Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: 413-253-3100

Hands of Light

280 Main St
5th Floor
Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Link to ACNM for Information on Certified Nurse Midwives