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Chicago Midwife Licensing Attorneys

Chicago certified professional midwife license lawyer

Illinois Healthcare License Lawyers for Certified Professional Midwives

While giving birth at a hospital is the best option for many families, more and more people are choosing to deliver children at home or in a location other than a medical facility. Trained midwives can provide essential care during home births. However, the state of Illinois has not recognized midwives as a licensed profession. That will soon be changing due to the passage of the Certified Professional Midwives Practice Act in 2021. Starting in 2022, midwives will be able to obtain professional licensing that will allow them to provide care before, during, and after out-of-hospital deliveries.

To ensure that they can receive the proper licenses, midwives will need to meet certain requirements, and they may need to address disciplinary issues, malpractice claims, or other concerns that will affect their ability to practice. The attorneys of Williams & Nickl, LLC have a strong understanding of the laws and legal issues that will affect these licenses, as well as extensive experience addressing medical and professional licensing concerns with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). We can help midwives meet their licensing requirements and ensure that they will be able to provide services in Illinois.

Licensing for Midwives in Illinois

Certified professional midwives will be able to provide multiple forms of care. In addition to assisting with childbirth, they may provide supervision, education, and advice before and during pregnancy, including assisting with family planning and "well-woman" care such as performing Pap smears to test for cervical cancer or screening for sexually transmitted infections. They may also provide education, assistance, and care following a child's birth, such as by assisting with breastfeeding.

To be licensed as a certified professional midwife, a person will need to complete an education and training program certified by the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC). Midwives who had been certified after completing a non-accredited educational program prior to January 1, 2022 can obtain a Midwifery Bridge Certificate issued by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in order to obtain a license in Illinois. A midwife must also be at least 21 years old, they must have graduated from high school or completed equivalent education, and they must have CPR certification, including completing a neonatal resuscitation program within the past two years.

A midwife who applies for a professional license may be disqualified if there are any factors that could potentially lead to disciplinary action. These include:

  • Criminal convictions, including any felonies, misdemeanors involving dishonesty, or other offenses related to the practice of midwifery.
  • Claims of malpractice, negligence, incompetence, or patient abandonment when practicing midwifery.
  • Drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Mental health issues or physical health concerns, including aging, that affect a person's ability to provide care.
  • Immoral conduct related to the practice of midwifery, including sexual abuse or other forms of sexual misconduct.
  • An indicated report from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) showing that there is evidence that a person has committed child abuse or otherwise caused or allowed a child to be abused or neglected.

Contact Our Illinois Midwife Licensing Attorneys

Illinois will begin issuing certified professional midwife licenses on October 1, 2022. However, midwives who have completed their educational requirements may begin the license application process before that date. Williams & Nickl, LLC can assist with midwife license applications, including addressing any disciplinary concerns or other issues that may affect a person's ability to obtain a license and practice midwifery in Illinois. With our knowledge of the procedures followed by the IDFPR and our experience helping healthcare providers resolve disciplinary matters and other licensing issues, we can help midwives successfully obtain the necessary licenses. To arrange a free consultation and learn how we can assist you, contact our office today at 312-335-9470.

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