Two New Bills Introduced to Expand Access to Midwifery Care in California

02/26/2015 4:34 PM | Jeanette McCulloch (Administrator)

Legislation Will Expand Pregnancy Care Options for Medi-Cal Patients; Increase Access To Midwifery in Areas With Limited Providers  

In an effort to expand health care options for pregnant women in California, two new bills were introduced today. The first, SB407, will expand pregnancy care options for families on Medi-Cal by including licensed midwife services under a component of the program. The bill is authored by Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, co-authored by Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and sponsored by the California Association of Midwives.

A second bill, SB408, will expand midwifery care – particularly in rural and other underserved areas – by allowing ‘midwife assistants’ to legally assist licensed midwives at births. Typically, two providers attend each birth, but licensed midwives are scarce in some areas of the state. This bill would allow a specially trained ‘midwife assistant’ to legally assist a licensed midwife, expanding the reach of existing providers. The bill is authored by Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga and sponsored by the Medical Board of California.

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