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Midwife

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 29 states
7th most burdensome licensing requirements
21st most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Midwives provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.

Summary

Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia require a license to work as a midwife. On average, these laws cost aspiring midwives 700
days in education and training, $619 and require them to take an exam -- the 7th most burdensome set of requirements among the occupations studied.

The education and experience requirements are relatively consistent among the states that license midwives: All but three require two years of education and experience. Florida requires three years, while California requires less than one year, and Arkansas has no requirement at all. Licensing fees, on the other hand, range from $100 in several states to $3,688 in Alaska. Ten states mandate a minimum age ranging from 18 to 21, while 13 states require aspiring midwives to pass 12th grade.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Florida 1200 1,095 2 12 21
2 Alaska 3688 730 1 12 18
3 Arizona 150 730 3 12 18
4 Washington 750 730 2 12 21
5 New Hampshire 920 730 3 12 0
6 Louisiana 450 730 2 12 21
7 Montana 1350 730 1 12 21
8 Colorado 900 730 1 12 19
9 New York 305 730 1 12 21
10 Alabama 285 730 1 12 0
11 West Virginia 252 730 1 12 0
12 Vermont 100 730 1 12 0
13 Oregon 2100 730 1 0 0
14 Washington, D.C. 430 730 1 0 18
15 South Carolina 400 730 2 0 0
16 New Jersey 125 730 1 0 18
17 Texas 275 730 2 0 0
18 Tennessee 1000 730 1 0 0
19 Wisconsin 753 730 1 0 0
20 Connecticut 380 730 1 0 0
21 Virginia 277 730 1 0 0
22 Georgia 240 730 1 0 0
23 Minnesota 225 730 1 0 0
24 Rhode Island 130 730 1 0 0
25 New Mexico 100 730 1 0 0
25 Utah 100 730 1 0 0
27 Delaware 0 730 1 0 0
28 California 366 238 2 0 0
29 Arkansas 700 0 2 12 0

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