Welcome to the home page of the board that licenses and regulates midwives in Texas. This website contains information about midwives including licensure requirements, how to file a complaint, how to contact our office, and more.
Texas citizens have been engaging the services of midwives throughout the history of the state. Direct Entry Midwives (or Licensed Midwives), are able to practice legally in Texas as authorized by the Texas Midwifery Act. This law requires the Texas Department of State Health Services to maintain a current roster of licensed midwives, who must renew on a two year cycle, and establishes the Texas Midwifery Board to work with DSHS to develop further Midwifery Rules, and to address standards of practice, complaint review procedures, and educational standards.
The Texas Midwifery Board is composed of five licensed midwives with at least three years experience in the practice of midwifery; one physician certified by the national professional organization of physicians that certifies obstetricians and gynecologists; one physician certified by the national professional organization of physicians that certifies family practitioners or pediatricians; and two public representatives who are not practicing or trained in a health care profession, one of whom must be a parent with at least one child born with the assistance of a midwife.
For information concerning Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), who are not regulated by the Texas Midwifery Board, contact either: Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners or American College of Nurse-Midwives
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