Texas Midwifery Board Home Page

Status of transition of this program to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR):
Senate Bill 202 became effective on September 1, 2015. That bill has mandated that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and TDLR develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities”. This transition must be completed no later than August 31, 2017.

DSHS and TDLR are currently in the process of formulating the transition plan. Once that plan is completed and agreed upon by both agencies, it will be made available to the public. The plan will include the agreed date for the transfer of regulatory authority. The current DSHS rules will remain in effect until that date.

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 November 16, 2015