Disclaimer: Misrad Habriut regulations are constantly changing and are subject to change without advance notice. For the most current information regarding licensing procedures, please see: www.health.gov.il. Nefesh B’Nefesh does not take responsibility for inaccuracies on the site or changes to the law.
Before you can obtain recognition as a midwife, you must first become recognized in Israel as a registered nurse. This involves meeting all of the qualifications for nurses and passing the nursing exam. For details, see Nursing.
After you qualify as a nurse, you can begin the recognition process for midwifery by sending all of your midwifery documents including licenses, diplomas, syllabi, and information about your previous work experience(s) to Limor Yosef at Misrad HaBriut. You can reach Limor Yosef by phone at 03-737-8149 or by email, [email protected].
Misrad Habriut now offers a customer call center to answer questions about licensing for health care professionals. Call *5400 from Israel or 972-8-6241010 from abroad. The center operates Sunday through Thursday, 8am-6pm, and Fridays from 8am-1pm, Israel time.
If You Are a Nurse and Make Aliyah with a Midwifery License from Abroad, the certification process is as follows:
- Internship: You are required to complete an internship involving approximately 252 hours in the labor room plus approximately 64 hours in other, related floors such as post-partum or the NICU. This internship takes an average of 3-4 months. You can request to do the internship at the hospital that is closest to your home.
- Coursework: In addition to the internship, you will be required to take 70 hours of lectures on midwifery, including certification courses in adult and neonatal CPR. The course is usually offered once a year, and this past year, it took place at Tel Hashomer Hospital. The course is partially subsidized by Misrad Haklita and the cost to Olim is approximately 850 NIS.
- Exam: After completing both the internship and the coursework, you are eligible to take the licensing exam, which is offered once a year.
If you are a Midwife with a BA but without a Nursing License (relevant for Olim from UK and Canada):
There are accelerated nursing programs (usually 2.5 years) offered throughout Israel for those who already have a BA. More information here. Please note that all of these programs are offered in Hebrew.
NOTE: The Israeli department of education does not recognize doctorates that are not PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees.
This includes all professional doctorate degrees (DPT, DNP, OTD, OD,DC, AuD, DPM, DO). They will be recognized only as Master degrees.
If You Make Aliyah Without a Midwifery License
If you make Aliyah as a registered nurse but without a midwifery license, you are required to participate in the entire midwifery program at Tel Hashomer Hospital, which takes approximately 10 months. Note that before going to midwifery school in Israel, you must work at least 1 year as a nurse (either in Israel or abroad).
- For more information about the Tel Hashomer midwifery course, contact the director of the program, Debby Gedal-Beer at
- If you would like to speak to an Olah who recently went through the licensing process for midwives, write to [email protected].
- For more information about midwifery in Israel, contact the Israel Midwives Association or email [email protected].
From time to time, depending on registration, the Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Integration is able to offer a medical Ulpan (in-person and/or online). Participants must either first successfully complete a regular Ulpan course or pass a Hebrew entrance exam to join. If you are interested in having Nefesh B’Nefesh pass along your information to the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration please complete this form: http://eepurl.com/ilYitk
* Last updated on March 6, 2023 *