In California, Licensed Midwives are regulated by the Licensed Midwifery Practice Act (LMPA).
Currently, the LMPA is in transition. After the passage of AB1308, there is on-going work refining a revised set of regulations for midwives. CAM continues to collaborate with other stakeholders in the changing regulations. AB1308 removed our previous Standards of Care, now put into place by the MBC as non-binding Guidelines. CAM/CALM and CCM plan to put our own professional Standard of Care in place.
See the Guidelines, as posted on the Medical Board of California's website.
Summary of the Licensed Midwifery Practice Act
The Midwifery Practice Act specifies the requirements for licensure and the scope of practice for a licensed midwife.
Assembly Bill 1308 (Bonilla, Chapter 665, Statutes of 2013) made significant amendments to various Business and Professions Code sections governing the practice of midwifery in California. The changes become effective January 1, 2014.
The law provides that:
Normal Pregnancy / Required Referrals / Transfer of Care
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