I know there are a few NY midwive/aspiring NY midwives s here on the forums. I've contacted my midwives to ask this question, but they're really busy and I hate to keep bugging them on a non-urgent issue like this, so I thought I'd put this out there. If anyone has the time and current info, I'd be so appreciative.
What does it take to become licensed in the state of NY as a direct entry midwife? I've looked at the Citizens for Midwifery, but the one thing my midwife did tell me was that they are "very wrong" in their statement of the requirements. This is the link for the info on the website:
Another NY issue is that all licensed midwives have to obtain a written practice agreement with a physician. This makes it really difficult/impossible for many midwives to practice legally. Recently, great strides have been made to do away with this requirement and there are two bills that are currently in the Higher Education Committee waiting for evaluation. If you are in NY and haven't already, you can go here:
You can find your senators and assembly members at links on this page in order to send emails/letters voicing your support. I did it and it was quick and easy since they have a pre-written letter that you can copy and paste if preferred. You can always call your senators and assembly members as well.
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