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It Takes a Village: Expanding the Types of Professionals Who Can Provide Reproductive Care for Improved Maternal Health Outcomes


April 18, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. CT

Attend this webinar to learn about the law and policy levers that can improve maternal health outcomes and increase access to reproductive health care, with concrete examples that can be implemented in any jurisdiction, regardless of laws regulating abortion care. This webinar will focus on state laws regulating access to direct-entry midwives and doulas and how improved access supports maternal health. The webinar will also describe an innovative state law designed to train and educate physician assistants and nurse practitioners who are permitted to provide sexual and reproductive health care.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Obtain information on how access to midwives and doulas reduces health inequities, particularly among Black pregnant people, and results in better health outcomes.
  • Hear about states that are working to expand the number of practicing midwives by allowing the licensure of “direct entry” midwives, as outlined in the Network resource: Direct Entry Midwives Across the Nation.
  • Learn how states can implement new laws or regulations to increase access to doula services to improve maternal health outcomes.
  • Hear from medical professionals leading one state’s efforts to expand access to reproductive and sexual health care through delivery of care by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
  • Obtain an overview of Maryland’s Abortion Care Clinical Training Program, which has the potential to serve as a model program for expanding access to care.


  • Mary Jo Bondy, D.H.Ed, M.H.S., PA-C, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Jessica Lee, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Jordan Jekel, J.D. candidate, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
  • Haley Garcia, J.D. candidate, J. David Rosenberg College of Law, University of Kentucky


  • Kathleen Hoke, J.D., Director, Eastern Region, Network for Public Health Law