- Continuing the registration requirements for 7 years, until September 1, 2028 ( sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
- Authorizing direct-entry midwives to administer group B streptococcus (GBS) prophylaxis ( section 5 );
- Adding licensed birth centers to the locations where a direct-entry midwife may practice ( section 3 ); and
- Requiring the director of the division of professions and occupations to develop policies regarding direct-entry midwives in training ( section 6 ).
The bill also:
- Specifies that a direct-entry midwife who is granted additional authority is not required to apply for renewal of that authority or pay any renewal fees for the authority ( section 5 );
- Removes the requirement that a direct-entry midwife report certain data at the time of registration renewal ( section 4 );
Authorizes the director to order the physical or mental examination of a direct-entry midwife if the director has reasonable cause to believe that the direct-entry midwife is subject to a physical or mental disability that renders the direct-entry midwife unable to treat patients with reasonable skill and safety or that may endanger a patient's health or safety ( section 6 ); and
Requires the state registrar to revise the birth certificate worksheet form to include a requirement to report whether the live birth occurred after a transfer to a hospital by a direct-entry midwife ( section 7 ) .
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)