License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing
License required in 29 states
7th most burdensome licensing requirements
21st most heavily regulated occupation
(Last updated April 24, 2012)
Midwives provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.
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.