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What is a Midwife?
International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) International Definition of the Midwife: 

A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a midwifery education programme that is recognised in the country where it is located and that is based on the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and the framework of the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education; who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery and use the title ‘midwife’; and who demonstrates competency in the practice of midwifery.

See the ICM Definition of the Midwife here.

Professional Discipline

A midwife can be disciplined for many reasons including, but not limited to fraud and deceit in application or reapplication to obtain certification, irregularity regarding an exam prior, during or after completion, misrepresentation of certification status, habitual use of alcohol or substance abuse, gross negligence, sanction by any state or private licensing board, agency, association or health care organization relating to public health and safety or midwifery practice, conviction of a crime directly relating to midwifery practice and/or public health and safety, and engaging in conduct which is inconsistent with professional standards.


To learn more about our disciplinary process, please visit our Discipline page found here.