The Network received a request from a health official who asked how other states regulate the practice of midwifery. Midwives are health professionals who provide care to women during pregnancy and childbirth. The use of midwives in childbirth settings has risen steadily in the United States in the last several decades, as described in a June 2012 article in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. However, state regulatory authorities vary considerably in how they recognize different midwife certifications and regulate the practice of midwifery.
The Network also referred the requestor to a judicial opinion from the state of Kansas (State Bd. of Nursing v. Ruebke, 913 P.2d 142 (Kan. 1996)) which outlines many of the relevant legal issues concerning the regulation of midwifery.