Midwife Licensing Program
Authorized by Arizona Revised Statutes 36-751-760 et seq. and Arizona Administrative Code R9-16-191 et seq., the Midwife Licensing Program licenses and regulates midwife services in Arizona.
What is a Midwife?
A midwife is a person who attends a woman in childbirth, but who is not a physician. Midwifery (being "with woman") focuses on providing care to normal childbearing women and their newborns.
In Arizona, there are two types of midwives who may legally assist a woman with childbirth: a certified nurse midwife and a licensed midwife. The midwifery model of care provides quality, personalized services to women seeking low-intervention pregnancy and birth services while still providing access to technical services through appropriate referral when the mother’s condition changes. The midwifery model of care is also cost effective, providing affordable services, decreasing the incidence of low birth weight, and reducing complications and the need for cesarean births.
Midwife Reporting Forms
All services provided by Licensed Midwives are required to be reported to the Department.
The Demise Report is incorporated into the Midwife Report, so a midwife is only required to submit one report per client. Please note that the demise report must be submitted within 5 working days of a demise as defined in R9-16-104 (1)(2). In all other cases, the midwife shall submit a midwife report for a client within 30 calendar days after the termination of midwifery services to the client pursuant to R9-16-114(B).