Arizona Licensed Midwives are governed by the Arizona Department of Health.

They are licensed Health Care Providers and their scope is limited to the care of healthy, low risk pregnant women and their babies, up to 6 weeks postpartum. They do not have prescriptive privileges or hospital privileges. They work in homes, offices and birth centers. 

The care that they provide includes: 

  • Prenatal Examination
  • Birth Attendance 
  • Emergency Measures when needed
  • Postpartum Examination
  • Newborn Examination 
  • Patient Education
  • Patient Counseling 
  • Nutritional Counseling 
  • Breastfeeding support 
  • Birth control counseling 
  • Health Screening 

Skills needed to provide this care includes but is not limited to:

  • Oral intakes
  • Medical history review
  • Weights and measures
  • Taking of vitals 
  • Obtaining blood specimens 
  • Obtaining fluid specimens 
  • Monitoring of pregnancy
  • Monitoring of birth
  • Monitoring of fetus
  • Monitoring of postpartum
  • Monitoring of baby
  • Administering medication
  • Aseptic technique 
  • Pelvic examination
  • Cervical examination
  • Palpation of fetus
  • Palpation of uterus
  • Interpretation of lab results 
  • Interpretation of exam findings
  • Establishing a plan of care
  • Medical Charting
  • Coordination of care with other providers
  • Ordering labs, tests and procedures
  • Administrative obligations

Knowledge base needed to support these skills includes but is not limited to:

Normal, physiologic pregnancy
Normal, physiologic birth
Normal, physiologic postpartum
Normal newborn
Anatomy and Physiology
Women's reproductive cycle
Clinical nutrition
Laboratory diagnostics
Weights and measures
History of midwifery
Public Health Policy
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Midwives Alliance of North America Core Competencies
NARM Candidate Bulliten
Arizona Rules and Regulations for Midwives
Cultural Competency 

This program is to train you to become an Arizona Licensed Midwife.