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Licensed Lay Midwifery

The Arkansas Department of Health’s 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 program. 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.

To contact Women’s Health, call 501-661-2480 or 800-462-0599 ext. 2480.

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 home delivery.

All documents are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

Downloads & Resources
Continuing Education Application Packet
Hospital Reporting Form - Lay Midwife Patient Transfer | Online version
Licensed Lay Midwives and Apprentices
Annual Statistic Report
Complaint Form: Online | Print
Arkansas Rules Examination Information
Midwife Advisory Board
LLM Rules
Licensed Lay Midwifery (effective May 23, 2022)
Arkansas State Legislature Act 481 (authorizes BOH to license LLMs)
Licensed Lay Midwife Forms
LLM Disclosure Form
LLM Informed Refusal Form
LLM Initial License and Reactivation of License Application
LLM License Renewal Application
Instructions for Completing LLM Reports
LLM Caseload and Birth Log
LLM Monthly Worksheet
LLM Incident Report
LLM Pre-Licensure Criminal Background Check Petition
Preceptor-Apprentice Agreement for NARM PEP Apprentices
Resources and Helpful Links
Access Arkansas (Apply for ARKids First, Medicaid, SNAP, and more)
ADA Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes (January 2022)
American Diabetes Association
CDC Guidelines for Group B Strep
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)
Electronic Registration of Arkansas Vital Events (ERAVE)
Genetic/Metabolic Screening
Newborn Hearing Screening
TRAIN Learning Network
Unattended Home Birth (VR-18) Affadavit of Home Birth
ADH Approved Sources for Informed Refusal
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
American College of Nurse-Midwives
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Pregnancy)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Homepage)
Childbirth Connection
March of Dimes
Office on Women's Health
UAMS Angels

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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