Midwife Legal States

Direct entry midwives practice illegally because there is no certification required by the state. Certified nurse midwives are eligible to practise as advanced practice registered nurses. New York State Department of Education: Office of Professions: Midwife www.op.nysed.gov/prof/midwife/ Contact Information: New York State Department of Education Office of Professions Professional Licensing Services Division Midwifery Unit 89 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12234-1000 Phone: 518-474-3817, ext. 250 Fax: 518-402-5354 Email: opunit1@nysed.gov Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) in the United States, national certification for the Certified Midwife Professional available, but national midwifery approvals do not exist as in many other countries. In contrast, a certified professional midwife is nationally certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and if a license is available, it is issued by the state or states where the midwife practices. So, there are 50 separate jurisdictions, licensing laws, professional regulatory bodies, and sets of rules in the U.S. (and more if you consider all U.S. territories). I do not agree that “midwifery is accessible to practitioners who choose to be socially and financially marginalized. Privileged. I am not, and the midwives I work with are not privileged, socially or financially marginalized. I agree that expensive, mandatory and elitist training makes midwifery a privileged and financially marginalized career that is beyond the reach of poor women.

Coalition for Illinois Midwifery www.illinoismidwifery.org Contact Information: Email: illinoismidwifery@gmail.com Hawai`i American College of Nurse-Midwives-HAA Affiliate hawaii.midwife.org Contact Information: hawaiiacnm@gmail.com I have students of all kinds who follow me for days — all kinds of residents, lab technicians, paramedics, nurses. Every practitioner in the room can watch me support a woman`s right to informed consent/declination. I don`t need a piece of paper to model the midwifery nursing model. Florida Affiilate by ACNM www.facebook.com/FloridaACNM/ florida.midwife.org State Board of Nursing Certified Nurse Midwives are licensed as advanced practice nurses with a specialization in nurse midwives. www.azbn.gov/AdvancedPractice.aspx Kontaktinformationen: Arizona State Board of Nursing Attn: AP Licensing Tech 4747 N 7th St, # 200 Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655 Texans for Midwifery www.texansformidwifery.org/ Arizona Department of Health Services: Office of Special Licensing Direkteintrittshebammen sind als lizenzierte Hebammen lizenziert. www.azdhs.gov/als/midwife/ Kontaktinformationen: Licence spéciale 150 N 18th Ave, Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Tél.: (602) 364-2079 Fax: (602) 364-4769 Montana State Affiliate von ACNM www.midwife.org/index.asp?bid=422&st=MT Zertifizierte Krankenschwester-Hebammen sind als CNM lizenziert. www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/certified_nurse_midwife.html Coordinates: 160 E 300 S Salt Lake City, UT 84111 Phone: 801-530-6628 Email: doplweb@utah.gov Illinois Friends of Midwives www.ilfom.org www.facebook.com/IllinoisFriendsOfMidwives Contact Information: Email: illinoismidwifery@gmail.com CfM is committed to approving CPMs in all 50 U.S. states and territories.

The approval improves access to CPMs, in some states, for third-party reimbursement through insurance or Medicaid, and is an important step in integrating CPMs into a community`s health care system. Approval also paves the way for public accountability that protects consumers. To learn more about the importance of licensing, please read NARM`s statement. Direct entry midwives are recognized as legal practitioners in some U.S. states, but not in others. Département de la santé de Floride: Abteilung für medizinische Qualitätssicherung: Lizenzierte Hebammen Direkteinstieg Hebammen sind als lizenzierte Hebammen lizenziert. www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/midwifery/index.html Kontaktinformationen: Department of Health Council of Licensed Midwifery 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-06 Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255 Tél. : (850) 245-4161 Télécopieur : (850) 921-6184 Courriel : MQA.Midwifery@flhealth.gov Oregon Midwifery Council oregonmidwiferycouncil.org/wp/ Kontaktinformationen : 5126 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 Courriel : info@oregonmidwiferycouncil.org Delaware Department of State Division of Professional Regulation Hebammenpraktiker dpr.delaware.gov/boards/medicalpractice/midwifery.shtml Kontaktinformationen: Division de la réglementation professionnelle Cannon Building, Suite 203 861 Silver Lake Blvd. Dover, DE 19904 Phone: (302) 744-4500 Fax: (302) 739-2711 Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us Minnesota Families for Midwives www.mfmidwifery.org/mnmidwives.html Certified Midwives (CM) take the same national certification exam as NJCs but receive the professional designation of Certified Midwifery. They are only recognized in a handful of states and are able to practice the New Mexico Department of Health: Division of Public Health nmhealth.org/about/phd/fhb/mwp/ certified nurse midwives are licensed as Certified Nurse Midwives (NJCs).

Direct entry midwives are accredited as Registered Midwives (LMs). Contact information: Colgate Building 2040 p. Pacheco Santa Fe, NM 87505 Katie Avery, MS, CFNP 505-476-8866 Suite 505-476-8995 Fax catherine.avery@state.nm.us United Families for Midwifery Care www.ufmidwiferycare.freeservers.com/home.htm While midwifery is an ancient profession that exists in almost every known culture, thrives in most developed countries, and is the central pillar of maternity care in countries with the best mother-child outcomes, midwifery in the United States has political setbacks. Midwives effectively and safely accompanied the vast majority of births in the United States until the 1930s, when the place of birth was moved from home to hospital and midwives were replaced by medical obstetricians. The United States is unique in the developed world when it comes to criminalizing midwifery rather than encouraging collaboration between midwives and physicians and successfully integrating midwifery into the mainstream motherhood model. Certified nurse midwives are licensed as advanced practice registered nurses. Maryland Board of Nursing mbon.maryland.gov/Pages/adv-prac-nurse-midwife-index.aspx Contact Information: 4140 Patterson Ave Baltimore, MD 21215-2254 Phone: 410-585-1900 1-888-202-9861 Indiana Professional Licensing Agency: Indiana State Board of Nursing Certified Nurse-wives are licensed as registered nurses with a nurse midwifery license. www.in.gov/pla/3720.htm Contact Information: Professional Licensing Agency Attn: Indiana State Board of Nursing 402 W Washington St, Room W072 Indianapolis, IN 46204-317-234-2043 Email: pla2@pla.IN.gov Illinois State Affiliate of ACNM illinois.midwife.org Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Public Health Certified Nurse-wives are licensed as Certified Advanced Practice Nurse Midwives. dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/pages/crlNursingHome.aspx Contact Information: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Licensure Unit PO Box 94986 Lincoln, NE 68509-4986 Phone: (402) 471-4376 FAX: (402) 471-1066 As Autumn Vergo wrote, “the refusal to accept that safe practice may mean that some clients may be turned away is a factor that does not allow midwifery work to be integrated with the rest of obstetrics.” I accept the birth.