Kathleen Dermady, CNM

Licensed Midwife

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A New York State Licensed Midwife or LM may be either a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) or a Certified Midwife (CM). All licensed midwives in New York state must meet specific educational requirements and pass the American Midwifery Board Certification exam.

A New York State licensed midwife is a health care provider who may care for the health needs of pre-adolescent, adolescent, and adult women throughout their life span. Licensed midwives provide primary well woman health care including: gynecologic care, and care during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as care of the newborn following birth.

Licensed midwives are independent practitioners with expertise in the care of healthy women. Midwives collaborate with physicians. Midwifery is defined as the management of normal pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care, as well as primary preventive reproductive health care. To the extent they fall within that definition and within each midwife's professional competency, midwifery services may include, but are not limited to: maternity care, first exams for young women and pre conception counseling, normal gynecological care, family planning, and annual health screenings and exams.

To be licensed in New York State as a midwife, you must graduate from a registered educational program. As of January 2011, all Nurse Midwives and Midwives in New York State must have a masters degree or higher degree to take the certification exam. Prior to this time, Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives were not required to have a masters degree to practice in the state of New York and thus are grandfathered.

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