The Georgia Midwifery Association (GMA) was founded in 1985 to provide standards and guidelines for direct-entry midwives who practice in out-of-hospital settings. The association supports the premise that the entry-level midwife is a primary health care professional who independently provides care during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period for women and newborns within their communities. Services provided by the midwife include education and health promotion. When the care required extends beyond the midwife’s abilities, the midwife has a mechanism for consultation and referral.
We recognize and value the tradition of the midwifery learning cycle: knowledge being passed from woman to woman; experienced midwife to apprentice.
Midwife members of GMA are certified through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), or are in the process of certification.