Texas Midwifery Board Home Page

Status of transition of this program to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR):

Senate Bill 202 was enacted into law on September 1, 2015. This law mandated that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities” related to the following professions: Athletic Trainers, Dietitians, Dyslexia Therapists, Fitters and Dispensers of Hearing Instruments, Midwives, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The plan has now been fully executed and is in effect. We are providing this notice in order to keep you apprised of several important steps related to the plan that will be occurring over the next few weeks. 

The licensing data held by DSHS will be transmitted to TDLR in mid-September. The current target date for the complete transmission of this data is September 22nd. In order to maintain the integrity of all licensing and related data that must be transmitted to TDLR, DSHS will cease the performance of licensing activities for the above listed professions on September 18th. TDLR will begin performing licensing activities for the transferred professional programs on October 3rd, 2016. This means there will be a gap of approximately two weeks, during which time neither agency will be able to perform licensing functions. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this short interruption may cause you; however, this step is essential to ensure the accurate transfer of data. 

In an effort to avoid renewal problems for licensees during the transition period, a 60 day license extension has been automatically granted to all licenses that expire in August, September, and October 2016. DSHS has already sent new and updated license cards to licensees that had previous expiration dates set in August and September. The October licensees will receive new licensing cards in the upcoming few weeks.

To access more information about the transition of these professional licensing programs, please go to TDLR’s website, which can be found at: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/newprograms.htm.

Select this link for important information regarding the transfer of licensing programs from DSHS to TDLR

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Welcome to the home page of the board that licenses and regulates midwives in Texas. This website contains information about midwives including licensure requirements, how to file a complaint, how to contact our office, and more. 

Texas citizens have been engaging the services of midwives throughout the history of the state. Direct Entry Midwives (or Licensed Midwives), are able to practice legally in Texas as authorized by the Texas Midwifery Act. This law requires the Texas Department of State Health Services to maintain a current roster of licensed midwives, who must renew on a two year cycle, and establishes the Texas Midwifery Board to work with DSHS to develop further Midwifery Rules, and to address standards of practice, complaint review procedures, and educational standards.

The Texas Midwifery Board is composed of five licensed midwives with at least three years experience in the practice of midwifery; one physician certified by the national professional organization of physicians that certifies obstetricians and gynecologists; one physician certified by the national professional organization of physicians that certifies family practitioners or pediatricians; and two public representatives who are not practicing or trained in a health care profession, one of whom must be a parent with at least one child born with the assistance of a midwife.

For information concerning Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), who are not regulated by the Texas Midwifery Board, contact either: Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners or American College of Nurse-Midwives

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Last updated August 19, 2016