HB202: Midwife licensing bill stalls in committee

Even wanting family members to simply know that their midwife isn’t licensed got rejected. This bill would have saved me a lot of grief.

Capital West News

By Shauntel Forte
Capital West News

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would have required unlicensed midwives to get consent before delivering a baby was rejected by a House Committee during the 2015 legislative session.

HB202,  proposed by Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, regarding unlicensed direct-entry midwifes compliance with informed consent requirements, died in committee after the meeting adjourned.

Currently, many Utah families all over the state prefer to have stay-at-home deliveries for a more comfortable and enjoyable environment for the mother and the baby. There are about 100 midwives in the state of Utah and that number is growing with time as the numbers of desired midwife deliveries increase.

Spackman explained the reasons as to which families would choose this form of labor in comparison to the traditional way in hospitals. “A central issue of the family is control. They choose to birth in a more comfortable setting where…

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