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What Do Midwives Do?

Midwives are health care professionals who provide primary and preventive reproductive health care to women: first exams, pre-conception counseling, gynecological exams, and family planning advice. Midwives also manage pregnancies, deliver babies, and provide prenatal and postpartum care to women and their infants. Midwives also perform newborn evaluation and resuscitation, if necessary, and refer infants for further assessment or treatment at the time of delivery.

The scope of practice for midwives varies depending on the state(s) they work in. In New York, midwives are authorized to prescribe and administer medications, immunizing agents, diagnostic tests and devices, and order laboratory tests.

Certified nurse midwives (CNM) are educated in both nursing (usually as a registered nurse) and midwifery.

Certified midwives (CM) are professionally credentialed in midwifery.

For more information about midwives in New York, go to: www.op.nysed.gov/prof/midwife.
For more information, please go to: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm.

Where Do Midwives Work?

Midwives work in hospitals, clinics, and private practices. They assist births and deliver babies wherever they may occur, including hospitals, birthing centers, and clients’ homes.

What Do Midwives Earn?

Midwives’ income varies widely based on the type of practice, the geographic location of the practice, the number of patients and hours worked, as well as a midwife’s responsibility and experience levels. CNMs will typically earn more than CMs. Other variables that may affect salaries include benefits packages offered with a salary, hours worked per week, and type of care provided (a full scope of women’s health services, pre-natal care, maternity care, gynecologic care, etc.)

According to the Bureau or Labor Statistics, the national median income in 2017 for nurse midwives was $100,590, which was slightly less than the 2017 median income for nurse midwives in New York of $104,610 (entry-level: $84,720, experienced: $115,490).

Supply and Demand

The number of midwives in New York has been steadily growing. Health insurance coverage of midwifery services nationwide and in New York will likely contribute to the increasing demand for midwives and the services they provide.

According to the BLS, the number of nurse midwives jobs will increase nationally by 20.7% between 2016-2026, and will increase in New York by 24.1% during the same period. For more information on projections of midwives by New York State labor regions, 2014-2024, click here.

New York Education Program Requirements

While midwives licensed to practice in New York may or may not be registered nurses, all must complete a state-approved midwifery education program, which includes classroom study as well as clinical training. Coursework will include maternity care, family planning, gynecological care, nutrition, pharmacology, well-women care, ethics, pediatrics, and neonatal care.

For more information about New York’s education requirements for midwives, go to http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/midwife/midwifelic.htm#educ.

New York Licensure Requirements

In order to qualify for licensure as a midwife in New York, applicants must be high school graduates and complete a New York State licensure qualifying program in midwifery, or equivalent.

To meet the examination requirement for licensure as a midwife in New York, an applicant must pass the examination developed and administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

For more information on New York’s licensure requirements for midwives, go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/midwife/midwifelic.htm.

Financial Support

The American College of Nurse-Midwives offers information about financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, and loans for midwifery students. For more information, go to: http://www.midwife.org/Financing-Your-Nurse-Midwifery-Education.

Education Programs in New York (subject to change)

Columbia University
School of Nursing
630 W 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-5756 or (212) 305-5451
New York University
College of Nursing
726 Broadway, 10th floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-5300
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
College of Health Related Professions
450 Clarkson Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-7740 or (718) 270-7701
Stony Brook University
School of Nursing
101 Nicolls Road
Health Sciences Center, Level 2
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8240
(631) 444-3074 or (631) 632-6000

Additional Web Links

For more information about midwives, go to:
the American Collge of Nurse-Midwives Web site at: www.acnm.org
or visit the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives www.nysalm.org/.

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