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Midwife Profession to Require Licensure on August 1, 2019

Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)

July 8, 2019 - In conjunction with the promulgation of administrative rules for the midwife profession, a license to practice midwifery in the state of Michigan will be required beginning on August 1, 2019. The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) began accepting applications for midwife licensure on May 6, 2019.

The practice of midwifery – defined as providing maternity care that is consistent with a midwife’s training, education, and experience, to women and neonates during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods – was required to be licensed under Public Act 417, which established Part 171 in the Public Health Code. The Department in partnership with the Board of Midwifery has been actively communicating with the midwifery associations to keep them apprised of the rule promulgation process.

After the administrative rules take effect on August 1, 2019,  an individual may not engage in the practice of midwifery unless licensed under Part 171 or otherwise authorized by article 15 of the Public Health Code. Those who are not licensed on the date when the rules take effect may be in violation of the public health code. There are statutory exemptions from licensure, which can be found in MCL 333.17105(3).

LARA's Midwifery website 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 (MiPLUS). Individuals looking to hire a midwife will be able to verify the license status of the professional through LARA’s website to ensure the midwife meets the training and educational requirements for the profession established by the Michigan Board of Midwifery.

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