Becoming a Midwife in Georgia – GA
Georgia’s Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) have been around since the 1940s. Currently there are over 400 Certified Nurse-Midwives practicing in Georgia in over 180 dedicated nurse-midwife practices. CNMs participated in more than 23,000 births in 2004 alone, which was almost one quarter of the births in Georgia that year.
In order to practice as a nurse-midwife in Georgia you must have a current temporary permit or a license to practice as a registered nurse. This requires that you complete a qualified educational program for nurse-midwifery. Once your educational program is complete, you will need to take a certification examination and finish with a passing grade.
The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) is the organization that issues and maintains your Certified Nurse Midwife certification. The Georgia Board of Nursing is the governing state board that authorizes you to practice in the state. The Department of Human Resources regulates the laws governing how to become a midwife in Georgia.
Georgia does not offer a home birthing lay-midwife option at this time. There are many “underground” midwives that practice under the radar. However, no one is legally allowed to practice midwifery without a certificate in the state of Georgia. Advocates for home birth are constantly at work to change these laws in the future.