Representative Williams, bill sponsor, introduced SB21-101. The bill continues the regulation of direct-entry midwives by the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), which repeals September 1, 2021, for seven years. In addition, the bill permits direct-entry midwives to work in birth centers and repeals a reporting requirement during registration renewal. The bill makes several adjustments to the authority of direct-entry midwives by:
- permitting direct-entry midwives to apply for additional authority administer group B streptococcus prophylaxis;
- removes a requirement that direct-entry midwives renew any additional authority once approved by the division director;
- directs DORA to develop rules regarding direct-entry midwives in training; and
- permits DORA to order a physical or mental examination of a direct-entry midwife if there is reasonable cause to believe that the direct-entry midwife is subject to a disability that renders them unable to treat patients.
The bill also requires the Department of Public Health and Environment to include on the birth certificate worksheet form whether a live birth occurred after a transfer to a hospital by a direct-entry midwife.