Starting Aug. 1, a new rule will go into effect requiring midwives to be licensed through the State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA.
Under the new regulation, midwives may not practice midwifery without the proper license. The regulation applies to certified professional midwives, or CPMs, who have specific training qualifying them to oversee out-of-hospital births.
The state began accepting applications for midwife licensure on May 6.
According to LARA, new license applications can take up to six to eight weeks to process. The department said people looking for help over the phone or via e-mail should expect extended wait periods due to a high volume of requests. All license applications must now be completed online.
Expectant parents will be able to use LARA’s license search feature to see if a particular midwife is licensed through the state. Licensed midwifes are required to have training or education deemed necessary by the state.
The program also allows families to file a complaint if they are unsatisfied with the care provided by a midwife.