How to Become a New York Midwife

Courtesy of Laura Vladimirova,

While there are many paths to midwifery practice, and each state has its own requirements.  In New York, midwives must be licensed by the state.  To obtain a license, midwives must hold a Master’s degree (or higher) in midwifery or a related field that the Department of Education deems acceptable and must pass a licensing examination.  Currently the New York licensing examination is given through the American Midwifery Certification Board and is only available to a graduate of a program accredited by the Accreditation Committee for Midwifery Education.  Passing the exam once can earn a candidate certification through the AMCB as well as a New York license, provided all other requirements have been completed.  More information about additional licensure requirements can be found here.

So where can one obtain the education necessary to become a midwife?  New York boasts a number of local programs.  These include campus-based programs at Columbia University, New York University, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and a distance program at Stony Brook University.  Columbia, NYU, and Stony Brook all offer nurse-midwifery programs, and Downstate offers both nurse-midwifery and direct-entry midwifery pathways.  There are many other midwifery schools elsewhere in the US, some campus-based and others distance programs which may be completed in New York.  Philadelphia University offers a distance program for direct-entry practice. For a full listing of currently-accredited schools, please visit ACNM’s list of ACME-accredited programs.

There are several different kinds of midwives who work in different places in the US.  In New York, all midwives are Licensed Midwives.  Licensed Midwives can be Certified Midwives or Certified Nurse Midwives.  Both CMs and CNMs have completed the same midwifery education and certification.  CNMs also have a degree in nursing.  For more information about CMs and CNMs, click here.

If you are already a student midwife and are nearing completion of your program, now is a good time to begin completing the forms necessary for licensure.  You can find these forms here.