Candidates must complete a 3-year Post-Secondary education program in an accredited midwifery school approved by the Medical Board of California (Board). These schools usually are accredited by the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC), whose accreditation mirrors that of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) requirements and satisfies the Board’s criteria. Upon completion of educational requirements, including clinical experience evaluation, the candidate also must successfully complete the comprehensive licensing examination administered by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).
A Licensed Midwife is an individual who has been issued a license to practice midwifery by the Medical Board of California. The practice of midwifery authorizes the licensee to attend cases of normal pregnancy and childbirth, and to provide prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care, including family-planning care, for the mother, and immediate care (first 6 weeks) for the newborn. The practice of midwifery constitutes the furthering or undertaking by any licensed midwife to assist a woman in childbirth as long as progress meets criteria accepted as normal.
Atoosa Benji is a Licensed Midwife Licensed by the Medical Board of CA
Certified by North American Registry of Midwives.
Lactation Education certified by UCLA
Birth doula certification through DONA International