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A midwife is a registered nurse or equivalently prepared individual who has successfully completed a recognized program of study and clinical experience in obstetrics, and who is qualified to provide care for expectant mothers whose pregnancies are apparently normal. A midwife furnishes professional care during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and after-birth phases for both the mother and the newborn infant. In New York State, a licensed midwife may also provide well-woman gynecological services.

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 August 3, 2012)

The fee for licensure is $322.

Licenses Issued:

In 2010, there were 53 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2011, there were 46 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. 130

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 10/9/12.

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