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Midwifery is licensed by the state of Florida. Practicing midwifery without a license is a felony.

As of May 1999 there are almost 80 midwives licensed by the state of Florida and actively practicing primarily in out-of-hospital settings. Practicing midwifery without a license is a felony. Licensing is authorized by the Midwifery Practice Act updated in 1995. For an up-to-date listing of Florida Midwives, visit the Florida Health & Human Services website, http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqaservices/ .

What is a Florida Licensed Midwife?
(from MAF's INTRODUCTION TO FLORIDA LICENSED MIDWIFERY)

Licensed Midwives are autonomous maternity care providers for women with low risk pregnancies. They work to meet their communities' needs in a variety of settings: clients' homes, birth centers, clinic and hospital facilities. In collaboration with a physician they may also provide care for women whose pregnancies require medical supervision. Licensed Midwives are eligible for reimbursement by private insurers and by Medicaid.

The state of Florida has licensed midwives since 1931. In 1982 and again in 1992, The Midwifery Practice Act, http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=Ch0467/ch0467.htm was updated, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) standards and on successful European direct entry midwifery programs. To become licensed in Florida, an applicant undertakes an intensive three-year program of academic and clinical education and then passes the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) national certification examination for state licensure. The educational programs are founded upon the core competencies of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA). [See schools listed below]

MIDWIVES PROVIDE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MATERNITY CARE
The wellness oriented model of care utilized by the licensed midwife promotes good pregnancy outcomes and the acquisition of good health habits, with continuity of care from early in pregnancy through the first weeks after the baby's birth. Utilization of midwives is safe and cost effective maternal health policy, recommended by the World Health Organization.


Council of Licensed Midwifery

Refer to the web site for listings of Florida midwives.

Contact: Pamela King, Executive Director
, FL

Florida Friends of Midwives

Website: http://www.flmidwifery.org/

Florida Friends of Midwives came together in the fall of 2007 as a small group of consumers, students and midwives.

Midwives Association of Florida

MAF is active in state and national politics, welcomes the membership of supporters of midwifery, but reserves voting rights for Florida Licensed Midwives. LM's are active in many facets of Florida's maternal child health support services, with several LM's now in the executive branch of Florida's Healthy Start program and FL Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, as well as other organizations/agencies with the ability to influence maternal health care policy.

Contact: Rebekah Finklea
3102 Gloria Avenue
Plant City, FL 33563

Florida School of Traditional Midwifery

MEAC accredited midwifery program.

Contact: Jana Borino, Administrative Director
810 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone: 352-338-0766

International School of Midwifery

Contact: Shari Daniels Rosenbaum, Director
140 NE 119 Street
Miami, FL 33161
Phone: 305-754-BABY
Fax: 305-754-2212

Miami-Dade Community College

MEAC accredited midwifery program.

Contact: Justine Clegg, MS, LM
Midwifery Sciences
950 NW 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127-4234
Phone: 305-237-4234

Delphi Center for Midwifery Studies

Contact: Emmah Eastwind, Program Director
702 West adalee Street
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-274-6404

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Link to ACNM for Information on Certified Nurse Midwives