For the Public

What is A Midwife?

Midwives are independent practitioners that provide healthcare — maternity, gynecologic, reproductive, contraceptive and primary healthcare — to women from adolescence through postmenopause, and to infants up to 28 days of age.

A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a midwifery education programme that is duly recognized in the country where it is located and that is based on the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and the framework of the ICM Global Standards for Basic Midwifery Education; who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery and use the title ‘midwife’; and who demonstrates competency in the practice of midwifery.

Learn more about midwives, what they do and where they work at Midwifery & Women’s Health, Our Moment of Truth.


Is a Midwife Right for You?

Read more and take the healthcare provider quiz at Midwifery & Women’s Health, Our Moment of Truth

Midwifery Myths Set Straight: Most midwives don’t attend births at home or in the bathtub! (Though many do, of course.) Test your knowledge and learn about your options at Midwifery & Women’s Health, Our Moment of Truth


Resources for Pregnant Folks & Families


Becoming a Midwife

Learn more about becoming a midwife

Click here for a list of midwifery education programs in New York, and programs elsewhere that offer distance learning.

Looking for a midwife?

Browse our members to find the right midwife for you.

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