Becoming a Midwife in Hawaii – HI
Becoming a midwife in Hawaii is a matter of obtaining the right education, experience, and certification, and then finding a position with a hospital, government agency, or private practice. Training for midwifery can be obtained via enrollment in an accredited midwifery program; much of the training can even be done online. Once midwifery education is complete, candidates must take and pass a certification exam. The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) administers a national certification exam and maintains compliance with state licensing boards. The AMCB also oversees recertification. Certified nurse-midwives must recertify every five years.
The Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) includes the completion of three self-study modules within the five-year period. The modules cover current practice and quality of care topics based on a variety of articles and published studies. There is an exam for each module. In addition, midwives must complete 20 hours of continuing education in each five-year cycle.
The Hawaii Board of Nursing regulates nurse-midwifery. To obtain a midwifery license in the state, it is necessary to be certified by the AMCB, be a licensed RN in the State of Hawaii, and apply for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse status. This application involves filling out a personal information form and submitting an official transcript from the nursing school and verification of certification in nurse-midwifery from the AMCB or other recognized certifying agency. The transcript and certification verification must be sent directly from the organization to the Hawaii Board of Nursing.