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 more heavy lifting to be done in hammering out a revised set of regulations for midwives. CAM continues to collaborate with other stakeholders in the changing regulations. AB1308 removed previous Standards of Care, now temporarily put into place by the MBC as non-binding Guidelines. It is yet to be determined if the Standards of Care can be reinstated.
See the Interim 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
Currently, Licensed Midwives are held by the Medical Board to the Standard of Care for California Licensed Midwives. The editing of these standards of care is currently taking place, as of this writing, to adhere to the changes in statute created by AB1308.
Get up-to-date information about Licensed Midwives’ Requirements for Licensure and the Scope of Practice for a Licensed Midwife.
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