• Professional midwives, licensed to practice, per 100 000 population (Line chart)
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Indicator notes
Professional midwives, licensed to practice, per 100 000 population
Indicator code: profmid.lic.rate This indicator shares the definition with the parent indicator "Midwives licensed to practice, total number".

Midwives licensed to practice have acquired the requisite education and qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery. They include both practising and other (non-practising) midwives.
- Midwifery professionals (ISCO-08 code: 2222) and midwifery associate professionals (ISCO-08 code: 3222)
- Midwives who provide services directly to patients
- Midwives for whom their midwifery education is a prerequisite for the execution of the job
- Midwives for whom their midwifery education is NOT a prerequisite for the execution of the job
- Midwives licensed to practice but who due to various reasons are not economically active (e.g. unemployed or retired)
- Midwives working abroad
Note: The number should be at the end of the calendar year.
Country notes
Data not available.
The category does not exist.
Source of data: Osterreichisches Hebammengremium, the professional organization of midwives.
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: Data include:
- midwives practising exclusively in their private practice;
- midwives practising exclusively in hospitals;
- midwives practising in their private practice and in hospitals;
- midwives on maternity leave or for other reasons not economically active;
- midwives with part-time working conditions.
Data not available.
Note; Data not available.
Source of data: SPF Sante publique, securite de la chaine alimentaire et de l'environnement, DG2 Soins de Sante primaires et gestion de Crises - FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu DG2 Basisgezondheidszorg en Crisisbeheer. Cellule Planification des professionnels de sante - Cel planning Gezondheidsberoepen. Base de donnees federale des professionnels de soins de sante - Federale databank van de beoefenaars van de gezondheidszorgberoepen.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Data cover all midwives licensed to practice.
Estimation method: Data based on the cross-referencing of different administrative databases and registers.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: Public Health Institute of FB&H - Annual report health personnel with university degree by specialization and sex in FB&H Public Health Institute of Republica Srpska - Annual report health personnel with university degree by specialization and sex in Republica Srpska
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: National Centre of Nursing and Other Health Professions; Register of health care workers competent to pursue a health care profession without professional supervision.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Data refer to midwives competent to pursue a health care profession without professional supervision (number of registered persons with valid registration).
- Data comprise non-practising midwives and midwives working outside health care system also, unlike to data on practising midwives.
Source of data: Statens Serum Institut, Labour Register for Health Personnel.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Midwives whose status in the Central Personnel Register is active (not dead) or, if abroad, below the age of 70 years old.
Source of data: Registry of licensed health care personnel, Health Care Board.
Reference period: January of the following year.
- The number of licensed midwives refers to overall potential, not persons by the last obtained specialty.
Source of data: VALVIRA. National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. Register on Qualified Health Care Personnel, number of persons aged less than official retirement age (60/63 years) with qualification on 31 December.
Reference period: 31st December.
Deviation from the definition: Data from 1994 to 2004 refer to midwives and community health nurses (terveydenhoitaja) data. Break in times series:
- Breaks are caused by structural changes in midwife education. The two-year curriculum was discontinued in 1971. Specialist nurse-based midwife education was run 1968-1986, and the last midwives graduated in 1994. The new midwife education on secondary level was started in 1985. The length of education was 3.5 years or 4.5 years, and it was lengthened with obligatory training in 1993. Since 1995, midwife education has followed the EU regulation. Additionally, all graduates with the new secondary level health care professional education have been authorised to nurse since 1 August 1996. The first graduates completed their studies in 2000.
- Until 1993, the Finnish data include only midwives who have midwife education as their basic education. Since 1994 they also include also specialist nurses with midwife qualifications.
- From 2005, figures include only the numbers of midwives' professional group.
- Data are not available for 2013-2014.
Data not available.
Health statistics do not contain such data.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: Office of Health Care Authorisation and Administrative Procedures, Basic register.
Reference period: 31st December.
Source of data: Directorate of Health.
Reference period: 31st December.
- Midwives: 18 months of university education after completion of a nursing degree.
- Includes are all midwives with a license (all ages regardless of employment status, employment location (inside or outside of the country) or nationality).
Data not available. (Data are not provided for midwives as virtually all registered midwives also hold registered nursing qualifications).
Source of data: The data are based on the Midwives License Registry maintained by the Nursing Division and the Health Information Division in the Ministry of Health, for which the demographic information is periodically updated from the Population Registry at the Ministry of Interior.
Reference period: End of the year.
Coverage: Data are for all licensed midwives. The number of midwives is not included in the number of nurses.
Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Source of data: ISTAT provides data produced by FNCO (National Institute keeping the register of midwives). www.fnco.it.
Reference period: 31st December.
Data not available.
Source of data:
- Since 2005: Health Inspectorate of Latvia; Medical Persons' Register.
- 2004 and earlier: Medical Professional Education Centre; Register of Health Care Persons.
Reference period: 31 December. Break in series: 2005: Change in data source.
Source of data: Up to 2006: State Health Care Accreditation Agency under the Ministry of Health, Register of licenses, Since 2011: Health Information Centre of Institute of Hygiene, data is calculated from Compulsory Health Insurance Fund information system (subsystem METAS).
Reference period: 31st December
Coverage: The number of midwives licensed to practice includes all midwives having valid license at the end of the year.
Break in time series:
- 2011: Data source change.
Source of data: Direction de la Sante - Service des statistiques. Register of doctors and health professionals.
Reference period: 31st December.
Data not available.
The category does not exist.
Source of data: Data for professionally active and licensed midwives based on BIG register (register of (para)medical professions) and SSB database (micro-integrated database of Statistics Netherlands with data from the municipal register, tax register, social security, and business register).
Reference period: The last Friday before Christmas.
North Macedonia
Data not available.
Source of data: Statistics Norway; Statistics on health-care personnel. Administrative registers. See http://www.ssb.no/hesospers_en/.
Reference period: 3rd week of November.
Coverage: The figures provided cover all registered midwives.
Source of data: Ministry of Health. Register of nurses and midwives of the Main Polish Chamber of Nurses and Midwives.
Reference period: 31st December.
Data not available.
Republic of Moldova
Source of data: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova, National Centre for Health Management, Annual statistical report N17 “On staff and cadres of health institutions”. http://cnms.md/areas/statistics/anyar/.
Reference period: Data as of December 31.
Coverage: Data exclude Transnistria.
Deviation from the definition: Foreign midwives are not included.
Source of data: Order of Nurses, Midwives and Medical Assistants in Romania
Reference period: data as of 31st December.
Coverage: The data cover public and private sector.
Russian Federation
Data not available.
San Marino
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Source of data: National Statistics Institute (INE), from the Register of Nurses Council. http://www.ine.es/jaxi/menu.do?type=pcaxis&path=/t15/p416&file=inebase&L=0.
Reference period: Data as of December 31.
- In Spain, the midwifery educational programme is a specialty of nursing education.
- Data include midwives “licensed to practice” and who are registered in the Nurses Council.
Source of data: National Board of Health and Welfare, National Planning Support (NPS) register.
Reference period: 1st November.
- Non-retired personnel.
- 100 per cent coverage.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
Data not available.
United Kingdom
Data not available.
Source of data: Institute of Health and Medical Statistics, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, reporting form 15-SSV “Report on Health personnel by categories”.
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: data include personnel working within the system of the Ministry of Health only.