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Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama

2017 Legislative Update

Posted 4 months ago by Denise Williams

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Alabama House of Representatives passed HB 315 by a vote of 84-11 after a debate and several tabled amendments. This bill allows certified lay midwives to legally practice with no oversight, guidelines, or accountability and would decriminalize their practice in Alabama.   The HB 315 legislation is now headed to the Senate for a vote.
Many organizations are strongly opposing this bill and released a statement urging strong opposition to HB315. View the Opposition Statement by organizations such as NPAA, March of Dimes, Huntsville Hospital, Alabama Academy of Radiology, ACOG, ACEP, and others.

HB 316 would establish a State Board of Midwifery to regulate education standards and practice guidelines, as well as require midwives to receive the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) accreditation through a nationally-accredited program in order to get a license to practice in Alabama.  HB 316 is awaiting action by the House Boards, Agencies and Commissions committee. 

The companion bill, SB 282, was read for the first time in the Health and Human Services Committee and will be voted on the week of May 8th. This bill would establish a State Board of Midwifery to license and regulate the practice of certified professional midwifery. It would provide for the composition of the board and function of the board; specify requirements for the licensing of midwives; provide for licensing fees; and establish guidelines for the practice of midwifery. This bill also would provide for penalties for violations. 

NPAA opposes these legislations and believe that it would place mothers and infants across Alabama at needless risk.  We are requesting that you contact your Representatives and Senators to oppose these bills.