Stay informed about critical legislative developments! We will update you with details about how you can take action for Licensed Midwives California.
Who We Are
California Families for Access to Midwives includes mothers, fathers, families and their communities who advocate safe, affordable and healthy birth options. CFAM is working to improve the health of mothers and babies by increasing access to midwifery care.
Legislative Update on bills affecting consumer access to Midwifery services
March 23, 2018
Dear CFAM supporters,
Please see the following legislative updates related to access to Midwifery:
Licensed Midwives Update
Thank you for all of your calls on behalf of the California Association of Licensed Midwives Access to Licensed Midwives Act of 2018 bill!
While they were unable to secure an author for the legislation, the calls and outreach to legislators drew positive attention to licensed midwives and helped CALM solidify its support among key legislators at the Capitol.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators—your voices make a real difference!
AB 1612, the bill from 2017 to remove physician supervision from Nurse-Midwives, died in committee in January.
Despite this news, your calls to support Nurse-Midwives have not been in vain, The California Nurse Midwives Association has introduced AB2682 as their newest attempt to remove physician supervision. The bill has similar language and intention to previous bills and as it stands would increase access to Nurse-Midwives in all birth settings and allow them to provide care more aligned with a Midwifery model, which has been shown to lead to better outcomes and fewer interventions.
We are expecting amendments to the bill and a hearing in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee in April. We will update you when more information and opportunities for direct action become available.
Background: Licensed Midwives (LM) are independent providers who do not require physician supervision, and practice in home birth and independent birth center settings. Recent advocacy efforts have focused upon lifting restrictions, including those that limit who can access LM services.
Nurse Midwives currently practice under physician supervision primarily in hospital and in-hospital birth centers. Recent advocacy efforts have focused upon removing physician supervision and allowing them to practice in multiple settings, actions which would positively affect consumers in receiving higher quality care with less interventions.