Lay Midwifery 

Lay Midwifery PhotoThe 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 Section. 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 along with some educational opportunities.

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.

Licensed Lay Midwives
Lay Midwife Apprentices

Rules and Regulations

Draft Amended Rules