What is a Midwife?

image1Midwives are licensed, independent health care providers specializing in reproductive health, including pregnancy, birth, family planning, as well as primary and newborn care.

Midwives consult, collaborate with, and refer to a variety of other healthcare practitioners based on the needs of their patients.

Part of what makes midwives unique is our philosophy of care. Midwifery affirms that everyone has a right to equitable, ethical, accessible healthcare that promotes healing and health, and respects human dignity. Midwives foster individuality and honor diversity and self-determination, expecting people’s active participation in their health care decisions.

To learn more about our philosophy of care click here.

For more questions about midwives, please visit the NY Office of the Professions.