The act implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the registration of direct-entry midwives by:
- Continuing the registration requirements for 7 years, until September 1, 2028;
- Authorizing direct-entry midwives to administer group B streptococcus (GBS) prophylaxis;
- Adding licensed birth centers to the locations where a direct-entry midwife may practice; and
- Requiring the director of the division of professions and occupations (director) to develop policies regarding direct-entry midwives in training.
The act 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;
- Removes the requirement that a direct-entry midwife report certain data at the time of registration renewal;
- 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; 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.
The act appropriates to the department of public health and environment:
- $50,080 from the health facilities general licensure cash fund for use by the health facilities and emergency medical services division for administration and operations; and
- $30,000 from the vital statistics records cash fund for use by the health statistics and vital records subdivision for operating expenses.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)