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Sunset Direct-entry Midwives

Concerning the continuation of the registration of direct-entry midwives, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2020 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies and making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The bill 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 ( 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 ); and
  • 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.)


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