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Licensed Lay Midwifery

The Arkansas Department of Health’s Licensed Lay Midwife Program is guided by Arkansas State Law. The Arkansas Board of Health gave the authority to the Arkansas Department of Health to oversee and administer the Licensed Lay Midwife Program, which was delegated to the Women’s Health program. The responsibilities include assisting with the Lay Midwife licensure process, apprentice applications and permits, monitoring of the Lay Midwife’s practice and birth records, providing guidance and monitoring of the Lay Midwife Rules and Regulations.

To contact Women’s Health, call 501-661-2480 or 800-462-0599 ext. 2480.

Although the Licensed Lay Midwife is not a Physician or Certified Nurse Midwife, she is trained in prenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and newborn care.  The Licensed Lay Midwife provides a choice for a home delivery.

All documents are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

Downloads & Resources
Licensed Lay Midwives
Lay Midwife Apprentices
Rules and Regulations
Lay Midwifery
Arkansas State Legislature Act 481 (authorizes BOH to license LLMs)
Licensed Lay Midwife Forms
Application for Apprentice Permit
Application for Apprentice Permit Renewal
Application for Lay Midwifery License
Application for Renewal of Lay Midwife License
Complications Report
Documentation of Acquisition of Clinical Knowledge and Skills
Monthly Caseload and Birth Log
Monthly Caseload and Birth Log and Complications Report Instructions
Preceptor-Apprentice Agreement
Preceptor Verification Form

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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