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Becoming a Midwife in California – CA

Students in California who are interested in a career assisting in the miracle of childbirth might want to know how to become a midwife. Midwifery training consists of taking a three year post-secondary education course in midwifery, approved by the Medical Board of California. Following training, applicants to become a licensed midwife in the state must take the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) examination. After this examination is passed, a test of clinical competence will also be administered by NARM. Passing these examinations qualifies one as a certified professional midwife in California and allows him or her to submit an application to become a licensed midwife in the state.


Certification is mandatory for all midwives working in California regardless of whether you’re interested in becoming a certified professional midwife or a certified nurse-midwife. The difference between the two professions is that a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) must be trained as a registered nurse first, then receive additional specialized training in midwifery. These professionals are licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing and require physician supervision when they work. There are many jobs available for certified professional midwives and certified nurse-midwives in California, within organizations such as Kaiser Permanente in Milford, Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles County, and Neighborhood Healthcare in Temecula.


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