SD12 - Report on Midwifery Licensing Entity (Chapter 201, 2021 SSI)

Executive Summary:

*This report was replaced in its entirety by the Department of Health Professions on November 9, 2021.

In the 2021 Special Session I of the Virginia General Assembly, HB 1953, patroned by Delegate Gooditis, established a new category of midwife, (Licensed Certified Midwife), and contained the following enactment clause:

That the Department of Health Professions (the Department) shall convene a work group to study the licensure and regulation of certified nurse midwives, certified midwives, and certified professional midwives to determine the appropriate licensing entity for such professionals. The Department shall report its findings and conclusions to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 1, 2021.

The midwifery workgroup met on September 8, 2021 and September 27, 2021 with the following representatives:

Certified Midwife
Karen Kelly
Elle Schnetzler

Certified Nurse Midwife
Katie Page
Kwuan Paruchabutr

Licensed Midwife (Certified Professional Midwife)
Becky Banks
Tammi McKinley

Office of the Secretary of Health
Vanessa Walker Harris

Board of Nursing
Jay Douglas

Board of Medicine
William Harp

Professional Midwifery Associations
Becky Bowers-Lanier
Julianne Condrey

Department of Health Professions
Barbara Allison-Bryan
David Brown