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Disclaimer: Sections from the Education Law, Rules of the Board of Regents or Regulations of the Commissioner of Education are presented below for general informational purposes as a public service. Although reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that these sections are current, complete, and accurate, the State Education Department does not warrant or represent that this information is current, complete, and accurate. The statutes, rules, and regulations are subject to change on a regular basis. Readers are advised to consult McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York (West Publishing Corporation) and Title 8 of the Unofficial Version New York Codes, Rules and Regulations - Title 8 (8 NYCRR), published by the Department of State, and the State Register for the official exposition of the text of these statutes, rules and regulations, as well as for amendments and any subsequent changes or revisions thereto.

Effective October 5, 2011

  1. Definitions. As used in this section:
    1. Educational content in the biological, physical and social sciences supportive to health care shall mean coursework which includes, but is not limited to, the following curricular areas:
      1. biology;
      2. embryology, human development and genetics;
      3. chemistry;
      4. microbiology;
      5. human anatomy and physiology, including pathophysiology;
      6. psychology; and
      7. sociology or cultural anthropology.
    2. Educational preparation for the practice of midwifery shall mean didactic courses accompanied by supervised clinical experiences which include, but are not limited to, the following curricular areas:
      1. technical health care skills;
      2. preconceptional, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care;
      3. physical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of health problems of women;
      4. primary care of women, including preventative care;
      5. neonatal care;
      6. family planning and gynecological care of prepubescent through postmenopausal women;
      7. professional, legal, and ethical aspects of midwifery practice;
      8. nutrition related to the practice of midwifery; and
      9. pharmacology as described in section 79-5.5 of this Title.
    3. Equivalent shall mean substantially the same, as determined by the department.
  2. Curriculum. In addition to meeting all applicable provisions of this Part, the following requirements shall be met:
    1. To be registered as a program recognized as a program leading to licensure in midwifery which meets the requirements in section 79-5.2 of this Title, it shall be a program in midwifery leading to a Masters degree or higher academic credential, or the equivalent, and shall include educational preparation for the practice of midwifery as defined in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of this section. Admission requirements to such a program shall include successful completion of a baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent, and successful completion of the educational content in the biological, physical and social sciences supportive to health care as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of this section, provided that such admission requirements may be integrated as part of the Master’s degree program.
  3. Clinical facilities. A written contract or agreement shall be executed between the educational institution conducting the midwifery program and the clinical facilities or agencies which are designated to cooperate in providing the clinical experience, which shall set forth the responsibilities of each party, and shall be signed by the responsible officer of each party.