How to Become a Licensed Midwife in Florida

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Modern midwives are health professionals who primarily work with childbirths outside of hospital settings. (Despite the misleading name, midwives can be either male or female.) According to a study published in 2005 by the British Medical Journal, planned home births have a lower rate of mortality and complications than traditional hospital births. The study was conducted in North America with more than 5,000 participants.

Things You'll Need

  • Midwife training certificate
  • Medical liability insurance
  • Enroll in and complete a state-approved midwifery training program. There are four schools in Florida that offer such programs. Midwife programs include three years of education and four months of license preparation.

  • Register for the North American Registry for Midwives examination. You must achieve a passing score on the examination before you are granted a Florida midwife license. Contact the agency by calling (888) 353-7089 or see the resources section below for the website.

  • Obtain medical liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $100,000 per claim and $300,000 annual aggregate.

  • Contact the Florida Department of Health to obtain application form DH-MQA 1051 or see the resources section below to download the application.

  • Complete the application and provide the required documentation. The requirements may change over time, so contact the Department of Health to determine the current documents and fees. Send the application to the address listed; the application will be processed within 30 to 40 business days.

Tips & Warnings

  • In special circumstances, relevant experience may be substituted for the education requirement. Contact the Florida Department of Health if you have several years of related experience.

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