Board of Midwifery issues rules to protect midwives, customers
Professional midwives who practice in Michigan now must have a state license to do so.
As of Aug. 1, people may not engage in the practice of midwifery without a license. Midwives who continue to practice without a license will be in violation of Michigan’s health code, according to a news release from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
The Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery, a 12-member panel created through a 2017 law, established the policy requiring regulation of certified professional midwives who have the training to oversee out-of-hospital births, according to an MLive article.
Stacia Proefrock, president of the Michigan Midwives Association, told MLive the association estimates about 60 certified professional midwives are seeking licenses from the state in the beginning. However, the association expects rapid growth in coming years as others move in from other states to practice in a licensed state and as current students in training to become certified professional midwives seek licensure.
According to the midwife license application found on the LARA website, the application fee and one-year licensing fee is $650.
LARA’s Midwifery website at michigan.gov contains information on obtaining a midwife license and a link to apply online, as well as instructional videos on how to register for an account through the Michigan Professional Licensing User System.
Individuals looking to hire a midwife will be able to verify the license status of the professional through LARA’s website at michigan.gov/lara to ensure the midwife meets the training and educational requirements for the profession established by the Michigan Board of Midwifery.
The Michigan Midwives Association website includes a directory of certified professional midwives by city. Visit michiganmidwives.org/directory for more information.