Careers in the Licensed Professions

Licensed Midwife

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Licensed midwives provide primary health and wellness care to women of all ages, including the following services

  • maternity: pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care
  • pre-conception counseling
  • annual health exams
  • gynecological care and screening procedures
  • family planning


Completion of a master’s or higher degree in a Department-registered midwifery licensure program, or the equivalent, including programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.


Pass the examination developed and administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




The credential licensed midwife (LM) is used to identify New York State licensed midwives. An LM may also use the title “certified midwife" (CM). Licensed midwives who hold state licensure in registered nursing may also use the title “certified nurse midwife” (CNM). The term licensed midwife encompassess both forms of certification, Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives.

Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $103,770 in the U.S., $113,890 in NY
  • Salary range: $88,720-$123,750
  • Projected growth: much faster than average


Where Could I Work?

  • Private practice
  • Physician’s office
  • Hospital
  • Alternative birthing centers
  • Clients’ homes

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Biological, physical and social sciences supportive to health care
  • Clinical management of pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Dependability
  • Innovation
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a licensed midwife about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020