TC had a post on Monday that seemed to really strike a note with a lot of you based on the comments.
This morning HB 1061 appeared on the LRC site.
I’ll admit this isn’t a topic I know much about, but based on the comments from the previous post I wanted to get the information out to you.
The bill wouldn’t require midwives to be insured, though it does require the midwife to inform the client whether or not they are insured. It would also require the midwife to have a plan to transport the client to the nearest hospital if needed.
As far as certification goes, as long as the person is at least twenty-one years of age, passes a background check and passes a certified training class (much like an EMT must do), they can be registered as a midwife.
Edit: Thanks to the commenters who have pointed out the certification is much more involved than I originally stated. I found this information about the certification process for CPMs on the NARM website.
All candidates must demonstrate successful completion of 1350 contact hours of clinical experience. The clinical component must be at least one year in duration and must include 75 prenatals, 20 intrapartals, 40 postpartals and 20 newborn care by a student midwife acting as a primary midwife under the supervision of one or more perceptions. Ten of the 20 births must occur in out-of-hospital settings, and a minimum of three must be with women for whom the student has provided care during at least four prenatal visits, birth, newborn exam and one postpartum exam.