Midwifery

A New York State licensed midwife is a health care provider who may care for the health needs of pre-adolescent, adolescent, and adult women throughout their life span. Licensed midwives provide primary well woman health care including: gynecologic care, and care during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as care of the newborn following birth. In New York State, the Board of Regents and the State Education Department (SED) oversee the licensure and practice of midwifery and 47 other licensed health, business and design professions.
A professional midwife at work.

Midwifery is defined as the management of normal pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care, as well as primary preventive reproductive health care. To the extent they fall within that definition and within each midwife's professional competency, midwifery services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Annual exams including gynecological care, primary care, health screening and counseling with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention
  • History and physical examinations
  • First exams for young women
  • Family planning and prescribing of birth control methods
  • Pre-conception counseling
  • Well woman and adolescent gynecological care
  • Perimenopausal and postmenopausal counseling and care
  • Comprehensive maternity care including prenatal, labor, delivery, postpartum & newborn care
  • Hospital admission, rounds and discharge
  • Newborn circumcision
  • First assisting at surgical procedures
  • Obstetric and gynecologic screening procedures
  • Evaluation and treatment of common health problems
  • Public education activities
  • Referral to specialists

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Last Updated: August 31, 2010