A midwife is a health care provider who cares for women during pregnancy, childbirth, following the birth of a child, and for other health needs throughout their adult life. Only New York licensed midwives may practice in New York State. Midwives have collaborative relationships with physicians. What is the relationship between midwives and physicians?
Licensed midwives are independent practitioners with expertise in the care of healthy women. Midwives collaborate with physicians and will consult with them immediately if complications arise at any time during the childbearing process. This insures safe care and continuous support for the woman and her family.
Midwives commonly offer the following services:
Licensed midwives practice with the expectation that a woman's childbearing experience will be normal. Midwives focus on enhancing health and providing support through a normal, physiological process. They continually monitor for signs of complications.
There are various choices women can make about the birthing experience. Midwives present a full range of choices and let the woman decide what, within the safe available options, she wants for her care.
New York licensed midwives have graduated from a State-approved program that includes classroom training and clinical experience. Studies include courses in maternity and pediatric care, pharmacology, well-woman care, neonatal care, and family planning and gynecological care.
Yes - licensed midwives can prescribe medications, as related to the practice of midwifery. They can also order tests to help diagnose problems.
Midwives practice midwifery and assist births where birth occurs and health care is rendered - hospitals, birth centers, clients' homes, and professional offices. No matter where care is rendered, licensed midwives seek to offer safe and personalized care.
Yes. Ask about any accommodations you may need.
Check with your insurance provider for details. Maternity benefits may cover midwifery services, but individual insurance companies may specify which midwives they include in their reimbursement system. You should also check with your insurance provider about coverage of gynecological services provided by midwives.
Check with people you know who have had a successful experience with a licensed midwife. You can also check under "Midwives" in the yellow pages of your telephone book.
Midwifery organizations may be able to help identify their members who could assist you.
The State Board of Midwifery cannot refer you to a practitioner.
New York midwives must display a current New York registration certificate; this certificate lists the professional's name, address, and dates of the registration period. Midwives must reregister every three years to practice in New York. Some professionals also display their original New York license, diploma, licenses from other states, and membership certificates. You may verify licenses on this site.