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Midwives required to have license in State of Michigan starting in August

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MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- In conjunction with the promulgation of administrative rules for the midwife profession, midwives in the State of Michigan will now be required to have a license.

Starting August 1, 2019, midwives will need to be licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The department began accepting applications for midwife licenses 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.

Once the rules take effect in August, an individual may not engage in the practice of midwifery unless licenses under Part 171 or otherwise authorized by article 15 of the Public Health Code.

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).

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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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