Nurse-midwives attend 50,000 births a year in California.
California still requires nurse-midwives to be supervised by a physician and surgeon and one of only four states in the nation that still requires this. Forty-six other states have removed the requirement for physician and surgeon supervision.
That changed as of September 18, 2020. On that date, Governor Newsom signed SB 1237, the bill to remove physician supervision from nurse-midwives, into law. This law will become effective on January 1, 2021.
The bill “authorizes a certified nurse-midwife to attend cases of low-risk pregnancy, as defined, and childbirth and to provide prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care, including family-planning services, interconception care, and immediate care of the newborn, consistent with standards adopted by a specified professional organization …” It is all of that and so much more.
Find out what this means for your hospital, how to quickly come into compliance with the law, and how your hospital can more effectively integrate nurse-midwives into your care team. There will be opportunities to ask questions and get answers.
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