For Students and Experienced Midwives
Welcome the California Association of Midwives guide to becoming a California Licensed Midwife in California! Whether you are currently enrolled in a midwifery program, moving to California from somewhere else as an experienced midwife or are just starting out on your path to becoming a midwife, we are excited to represent you as your statewide organization.
If you are just starting out, looking for a preceptor (a clinical educator), or starting a midwifery practice, becoming a CAM member is a great way to connect with other midwives and become more involved in your local midwifery community. You can join CAM on our Become a Member page.
California Licensed Midwives are licensed and regulated by the Medical Board of California. California's midwifery licensing process requires students to enroll in a midwifery school that is approved by the Medical Board of California. Through such an approved program the student will gain academic training, specific clinical experiences, master entry-level midwifery skills, qualify for midwifery board exams and subsequent licensure in California. Here are the basic steps to becoming a midwife in California.
For Experienced MidwivesChallenge Mechanism
As defined in California Business and Professions Code Section 2513(a)-(c), the challenge process offers a midwifery student and prospective applicant the opportunity to obtain credit by examination for previous midwifery education and clinical experience. This opportunity is provided by individuals approved through a “challenge process” program. Maternidad La Luz and National Midwifery Institute are the California Medical Board approved challenge processes. Upon successful completion of the challenge process, the candidate also must successfully complete the comprehensive licensing examination administered by NARM. The candidate then may submit an application for California licensure. Note: only MLL students graduating from MLLs 12 & 18 month abbreviated programs qualify for MLLs California Challenge Mechanism.
Q. I received my midwifery training and experience in another country. How can I qualify for a midwife’s license?
A. California law does not include a provision for recognizing international midwifery education and training. Contact National Midwifery Institute or Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery to inquire about advanced placement opportunities and/or status of their "California Challenge" opportunity for experienced midwives.
Please visit the Medical Board of California Website for the most current information: www.mbc.ca.gov/Applicants/Midwives/
Certified Nurse Midwives are regulated by the California Board of Registered Nurses. Information about becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife is available through the American College of Nurse Midwives http://www.midwife.org/Become-a-Midwife.
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