New Mexico Department of Health
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Certified Nurse Midwives and Licensed Midwives

Practice Guidelines

Pioneering midwives in the state of New Mexico envisioned a time where the art and science practiced would become a socially and legally sanctioned profession. Through the formalization of midwifery practice guidelines, they were able to take a giant step in the direction of that vision.

The Licensed Midwife Practice Guidelines (8th edition) are currently under revision with an expected publication in Spring 2017. The current Licensed Midwife Practice Guidelines are available on our website.

Birthing Workforce Retention Fund

Open For Applications 3/1/17 – Deadline to submit 3/24/17

Announcing a funding opportunity for some providers of obstetric and midwifery care. Please distribute this letter with its attached rule and application form to any and all eligible providers in your hospital.

Liability insurance for providers of childbirth health care is costly. To assist providers of birthing services with their malpractice insurance premiums, the New Mexico legislature initiated a Birthing Workforce Retention Fund in 2008.

The Department of Health, as the administrative agency for this Fund, is extending an invitation to birthing providers to apply for this funding in this State Fiscal Year 2017.

For this Fiscal Year, which ends June 30, 2017, the Fund has $70,000 available. Awards will be between $5,000 and $10,000. In order to be eligible for award of money from the fund, the applicant must:

Application forms are available on this page. Please address any questions to contact Katie Avery at 505-476-8866.

Current Rosters

These are the most current certified nurse midwife and licensed midwife rosters available.

Certified Nurse Midwives

Licensed Midwives

Licensed Midwifery Students


To become a New Mexico Licensed Midwife, you must pass an examination on New Mexico rules and guidelines related to midwifery. As you know from the Licensed Midwifery Regulations, these are binding on Licensed Midwives.


There is a $20 fee (check or money order) collected at the examination.


The examination usually takes two hours or more to complete.


The examination includes interviews with a Newborn Genetic Screening nurse and the Newborn Hearing Screening coordinator, who will provide you with the required materials.



The examination is given in Santa Fe only.


Contact Jessi Sanchez at 505-476-8907 or Katie Avery at 505-476-8866 to register.

Study Materials

The materials below cover the different topics. A printed copy of these materials will also be available to you on the day of the exam as it is an open-book examination.

Educational Opportunities

MCH Public Health Training

Starting in January 2015, the first co-hort of the MCH Public Health Training Institute will be starting up. This is a collaborative effort between UNM and NMSU to offer advanced training to MCH Professionals in New Mexico’s urban and rural areas. It will offer a Graduate Certificate in Public Health for the Maternal Child Health Workforce. Financial assistance may be available to enrollees.

Application documents are available on the Envision New Mexico website.

CME Hours in Opioid Management

Medscape opportunity to gain CME hours in opioid management. Demonstrate accurate knowledge about how to initiate and manage therapy with ER/LA opioid analgesics, including appropriate monitoring for adverse effects and possible misuse. Visit the Medscape Login page to start the activity.

In addition, there is a HRSA-sponsored opportunity to gain CME hours in opioid management through the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

And lastly, here is a third, free opportunity to gain CME hours through the Massachusetts Medical Society.

UNM School of Medicine: 2017 Medical Conference

The focus of this Conference is Teaching Oral Health Care to Medical and Nursing Providers and is presented by the Department of Dental Medicine and Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. The date is set for February 3, 2017. Please see the UNM School of Medicine: 2017 Medical Conference page on the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center website for more information.

CME Course - Safer Opioid Prescribing

This is a 3-part on-demand series that will provide clinicians with information that will allow them to improve their ability to: provide safer treatment to extended-release/long-acting opioid patient populations, track and coordinate referrals, provide appropriate access and communication, plan and manage care, and measure performance improvement. Please see the Continuing Medical Education Solution for Safer Opioid Prescribing in a New Era of Health Care Reform page for more information.

Contact Us

License Verifications

For License Verifications contact Jessi Sanchez at 505-476-8907.

NOTE: Provide the correct name spelling and either the midwife date of birth or nursing license number. When leaving a message, please state your return phone number slowly and clearly.

Licensing Assistance

For assistance with licensing contact Katie Avery at 505-476-8866.

NOTE: When sending a fax to 505-476-8995, use a cover sheet directing items to Jessi Sanchez.


You may register a formal complaint against a midwife to us by submitting a completed copy of our Midwife Complaint Form per the instructions contained within the document.

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