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B3CCB93F131013F4872586CB006E68E5 Hearing Summary


Date May 4, 2021      
Location HCR 0112

SB21-101 - Referred to House Appropriations

02:06:00 PM  

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.

02:11:36 PM  
Representative Caraveo, bill sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
02:11:54 PM  
Bill sponsors responded to questions from committee members.
02:13:46 PM  
Ms. Jennifer Barr, Colorado Midwives Association, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Demetra Seriki, A Mothers Choice Midwifery, testified in support of the bill. Samantha Espinoza, Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Melissa Sexton, Colorado Midwives Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:28:20 PM  
Ms. Barr responded to questions from the committee.
02:30:09 PM  

Ms. Kia Ruiz, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment C.

02:34:22 PM  
Representative Caraveo and Representative Williams gave final comments on the bill.
02:35:54 PM  
Committee members gave final remarks on the bill.

02:39:43 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-101 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Caraveo
Seconded Larson
Bradfield Yes
Caraveo Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Larson Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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