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Title Maternal Health Midwives
Status House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/06/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors I. Jodeh (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
House Committee Health and Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 02/13/2024

Current law requires direct-entry midwives to register with the
division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory
agencies before practicing. Sections 2 through 12 of the bill make
changes within the direct-entry midwives practice act to update the title
of these professionals to certified professional midwives and change the
regulation from registration to licensure. Sections 21 through 31 make
the same updates to current law in other statutes outside of the practice
Current law allows the state board for community colleges and
occupational education to use unexpended resources from the in-demand
short-term health-care credentials program (program) to expand the
eligible programs that may receive support through the program. Section
allows the board to expand the eligible programs to include certified
professional midwives.
Section 14 requires the civil rights commission to establish certain
parameters when receiving reports for maternity care. Section 15 adds
pregnancy as a protected class for purposes of discrimination in places of
public accommodation.
The bill adds a midwife to the environmental justice advisory
board (section 16) and the governor's expert emergency epidemic
response committee (section 20).
Section 17 requires a health facility that provides maternal health
services to notify certain individuals before eliminating or reducing the
Section 18 adds midwifery as a preferred area of expertise for
members of the health equity commission.
Section 19 requires the maternal mortality review committee to:
  • Study closures related to perinatal health-care practices and
facilities and perinatal health-care deserts and assets related
to perinatal health and health-care services across the state,
not limited to obstetric providers;
  • Identify major outcome categories that the department of
public health and environment should track over time and
identify risks and opportunities;
  • Explore the effects of practice and facility closures
(closures) on maternal and infant health outcomes and
  • Identify recommendations during closures and resultant
transfers of care;
  • Identify best practice guidelines during closures and
resultant transfers of care; and
  • Create a maternal health desert and asset map.

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