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About the Council of Certified Professional Midwifery

The Council of Certified Professional Midwifery of Tennessee was created in 2000 by the State Legislature.  It is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice as a midwife be qualified.  The Council, working with the Board of Osteopathic Examination, interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct.  The Council is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations.  The Council, along with the Board, determines the appropriate standard of care, investigates alleged violations of law and rules, and disciplines licensees who are found guilty of such violations.

Administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Council by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules.  Renewal notices are mailed from the Council’s administrative officer forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the license holder’s current address on record.  Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information.  It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license.  An individual licensed, registered, or certified as a midwife in another state may be licensed in Tennessee by either examination or reciprocity from other states.

The Council is required by statute to meet once a year.  A quorum shall consist of a majority of the members to conduct business.  The meetings are open to the public.  All members are appointed by the Commissioner of Health and serve four (4) year terms.  The six (6) member Council consists of three (3) certified professional midwives, one (1) consumer, one (1) certified nurse midwife and one (1) physician.

Contact the Council of Certified Professional Midwifery

To contact the Council call (615) 532-4384 local or (800) 778-4123 nationwide
or write
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN  37243


Board Members

Board Members Title Representation Term Expires
Carolyn Reisman, CPM Member Certified Professional Midwife 07-31-2016
Talitha Mills, CPM Member Certified Professional Midwife 07-31-2016
Rufus R. Clifford, Jr., M.D. Member MD - Pediatrician 07-31-2012
Margaret Marie Fulmer Brasel, MS, CNM Member Certified Nurse Midwife 07-31-2015
Carol Ann Nelson, CPM Member Certified Professional Midwife 07-31-2014
Reyna Leigh Gordon, Ph.D. Member Consumer 07-31-2014

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes Tab. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 227 French Landing, MetroCenter.

Council of Certified Professional Midwifery Meeting Schedule
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
April 2, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive, Ground Floor
Public Notice

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Copies of all minutes are maintained in the official record section of the administrative office. Please contact the board administrator to make arrangements to review minutes of meetings held prior to 2004.