Becoming a Midwife in New York – NY
There are plenty of educational and professional options out there for those interested in learning how to become a midwife in New York. In 1992, the New York state legislature passed the Professional Midwifery Practice Act, which set standards for licensure of midwifes in New York and created the New York State Board of Midwifery. The Board certifies and regulates midwifes who practice as Certified Nurse-Midwives, as well as those who practice simply as Certified Midwives. A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for licensure as a midwife in New York. The candidate’s bachelor’s degree may be granted in any subject, but he or she must also complete a course of study at a midwifery school approved and accredited by New York State. A passing score on the certification examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), which consists of 175 multiple-choice questions, is also required to practice midwifery in New York. The AMCB examination is administered at more than 120 sites across the nation.
Certified Nurse-Midwives generally pursue a nursing degree with a specialized track in midwifery. These graduate nursing programs are offered by many of the nursing schools and universities in New York. Aspiring Certified Midwives are not required to study nursing; instead they can pursue courses in midwifery offered by a variety of medical and nursing schools and other universities, some of which offer online programs. Some midwives gain some (or even all) of their professional experience through apprenticeships with practicing midwifes and nurse-midwives.