The governing body for midwifery in New York State is the Board of Midwifery, appointed by the Board of Regents within the Department of Education. Article 140 of New York State Education Law defines the practice of midwifery and use of the title “ licensed midwife” (LM), describes the purpose and structure of the board of midwifery, and outlines requirements for professional license. New York State is the first state in which CNMs and CPMs are regulated by the same legislation and the same Board using the same designation—Licensed Midwife (LM).
LMs have the authority, as necessary, to prescribe and administer drugs, immunizing agents, diagnostic tests and devices, and to order laboratory tests. The New York State Insurance Law states that all insurance companies under the jurisdiction of the New York State Insurance Department of the Office of Managed Care must include midwifery services for the provision of maternity care. New York State LMs are considered licensed independent practitioners (LIP), and are not required to practice under the supervision of a physician.
Midwives are licensed, independent health care providers specializing in reproductive health, including pregnancy, birth, family planning, and newborn care. Midwives consult, collaborate with, and refer to a variety of other healthcare practitioners based on the needs of their patients. Part of what makes midwives unique is our philosophy of care. Midwifery affirms that everyone has a right to equitable, ethical, accessible healthcare that promotes healing and health, and respects human dignity. Midwives foster individuality and honor diversity and self-determination, expecting people’s active participation in their health care decisions. To learn more about the midwifery model of care, click here.
For more questions about midwives, please visit the NY Office of the Professions.
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