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A midwife is a health care provider who cares for women during pregnancy, childbirth, following the birth of a child, and for other health needs throughout their adult life. Only New York licensed midwives may practice in New York State. Midwives have collaborative relationships with physicians. What is the relationship between midwives and physicians?

Licensed midwives are independent practitioners with expertise in the care of healthy women. Midwives collaborate with physicians and will consult with them immediately if complications arise at any time during the childbearing process. This insures safe care and continuous support for the woman and her family.

Licensing Requirements:

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as a licensed midwife in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Fees: (as of April 7, 2014)

The fee for licensure is $322.

Licenses Issued:

In 2012, there were 56 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 62 licenses issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Midwifery Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 250
Fax: (518) 402-5354

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1111 - Registered Nurses
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American College of Nurse-Midwives
840 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, M.D. 20910
Phone: (240) 485-1800
Fax: (240) 485-1818


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/03/14.

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