Become a Midwife: for Students
California Midwifery Students,
Welcome to the California Association of Midwives student page!  Whether you are currently enrolled in a midwifery program, or are just starting out on your path to becoming a midwife, we are excited to represent you as your statewide organization.

If you are just starting out and looking for a preceptor, becoming a CAM member is a great way to connect with senior midwives and become more involved in your local midwifery community.  You can join CAM on our Become a Member page. For those of you looking to connect with other midwifery students in the state, please consider joining our CAM student Yahoo Group Also please check our Contact page to find our student representatives. They would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Further down this page you will find a step-by-step guide to becoming a midwife in California and listings of midwives who are looking for students or have internship opportunities.  New resources are coming soon so please check back for updates!

A Guide to Becoming a Licensed Midwife in the State of California
California's licensing process requires students to both enroll in an approved midwifery school and complete a certain amount of hands-on experience.  Most students work on both components simultaneously, and some schools require it, but other students will complete one aspect before the other.  Here is a step-by-step guide to the basic steps of becoming a midwife in California.

1. Find a school
The Medical Board of California maintains a list of schools whose graduates are eligible to take the California State Licensing exam upon completion of their academic and clinical coursework. The current list can be found here: Approved Schools of Midwifery.

There are other excellent schools, some Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC)  accredited, some not. Click the link for a list of MEAC schools.

2. Find a preceptor or apprenticeship
No matter where you go to school, your teacher(s) will play one of the most important roles in your education. Some schools require preceptorship (see #4 below). Some students prefer to gain their knowledge through apprenticeship with a midwife independent of their course of study. They gain their academic knowledge through independent midwifery classes, college courses, workshops, study groups and self-study. However, in order to obtain any hands on or clinical experience in California, the student must be enrolled in an approved midwifery school.

3. Complete the academic portion of your education
The material you will learn as part of your academic education will prepare you for the hands-on part of your education, for your NARM exam, and for caring for your clients once you are a licensed midwife.

4. Complete the clinical part of your education
You cannot become a midwife without hands-on experience! Some schools require that students gain clinical skills through apprenticeship with a precepting midwife. Sometimes, the school helps the student to find a preceptor, other schools expect students to find preceptors on their own. Some schools have students gain clinical skills through clinics or higher volume birth centers.

5. Apply for your midwifery license:
Once you’ve completed school and/or your apprenticeship, you need to apply to the Medical Board of California to take your licensing exam. For experienced midwives from outside of California, there are Challenge Processes offered by two schools which allow experienced midwives to obtain licensure in California. For more information and applications, contact the Medical Board of California at (916) 263-2382 or at

Medical Board of California
Attn: Midwifery Program
2005 Evergreen Street
Sacramento, CA 95815
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