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Midwifery
February 26, 2019

Senate Bill 84, sponsored by Sen. Tom Buford, pertains to midwifery and the delivery of babies in out-of-hospital settings. It passed the Senate last week by a vote of 32-4. This legislation is being promoted by the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition, an organization established by non-nurse midwives, also known as Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). Given the complicated nature of childbirth and the out-of-hospital setting in which CPMs propose to operate, important safeguards are needed to ensure that quality services are provided to women desiring to utilize a CPM for a home birth. KMA opposes this legislation because such protections for the mother and child were not included, e.g. prohibiting CPMS from assisting with certain high-risk births in an out-of-hospital setting. 

Please contact your Representative and ask that they oppose Senate Bill 84.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
AND ASK THEM TO
OPPOSE SENATE BILL 84.


Legislative Message Line: (800) 372-7181


February 19, 2019

Senate Bill 84, sponsored by Sen. Tom Buford, pertains to midwifery and the delivery of babies in out-of-hospital settings. This legislation is being promoted by the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition, an organization established by non-nurse midwives, also known as Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). Given the complicated nature of childbirth and the out-of-hospital setting in which CPMs propose to operate, important safeguards are needed to ensure that quality services are provided to women desiring to utilize a CPM for a home birth. KMA has opposed similar legislation in the past because necessary protections for the mother and child were not included, e.g. prohibiting CPMS from assisting with certain high-risk births in an out-of-hospital setting.

SB84 passed the Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee on Tuesday and moves on to the full Senate for a floor vote.

February 12, 2019

Senate Bill 84, sponsored by Sen. Tom Buford, pertains to midwifery and the delivery of babies in out-of-hospital settings. This legislation is being promoted by the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition, an organization established by non-nurse midwives, also known as Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). Given the complicated nature of childbirth and the out-of-hospital setting in which CPMs propose to operate, important safeguards are needed to ensure that quality services are provided to women desiring to utilize a CPM for a home birth. KMA has opposed similar legislation in the past because necessary protections for the mother and child were not included, e.g. prohibiting CPMS from assisting with certain high-risk births in an out-of-hospital setting. SB84 has been referred to the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee.
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