What is a Midwife?

  • Midwives are independent practitioners that provide healthcare — maternity, gynecologic, reproductive, contraceptive and primary healthcare — to women from adolescence through postmenopause, and to infants up to 28 days of age.
  • A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a midwifery education programme that is duly recognized 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 Basic 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.

  • Learn more about midwives, what they do and where they work at Midwifery & Women’s Health, Our Moment of Truth.

  • Is a Midwife Right for You?

    Resources for Families

    Becoming a Midwife