Assemblywoman   BRITNEE N. TIMBERLAKE
District 34 (Essex and Passaic)
Assemblywoman   VERLINA REYNOLDS-JACKSON
District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Creates    Midwifery Licensing Act; modifies regulation of midwifery.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the regulation of midwives and revising various parts of the statutory law and supplementing Title 45 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1.       (New section) This act shall be known and may be cited as the    Midwifery Licensing Act.
2.       (New section) The Legislature finds and declares that:
a.         The public interest requires the establishment of a modern regulatory framework for the practice of midwifery in this State.
b.       Midwives play a vital role in improving maternal and infant health.
c.         Research has shown that access to midwifery services significantly reduces the rate of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, particularly for vulnerable communities, yet many of the statutory provisions governing the practice of midwifery in the State date back to the late 19th century.
d.       Midwifery practice continues to be regulated by the State Board of Medical Examiners rather than by an independent midwifery licensing board.
e.         In light of the expansion of midwifery practice and the urgent need to address New Jersey   s unusually high levels of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, it is necessary to establish a new regulatory framework for the practice of midwifery in this State.
3.       (New section) As used in P.L.       , c.        (C.               ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill):
Board    means the State Board of Midwives established pursuant to section 4 of P.L.       , c.        (C.               ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).
Certified midwife    or    CM    means a person who has been certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, or any of its successors, as a certified midwife.
Certified nurse midwife    or    CNM    means a registered nurse who has been certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, or any of its successors, as a certified nurse midwife.
Certified professional midwife    or    CPM    means a person who has been certified by the North American Registry of Midwives, or any of its successors.
Director    means the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety.
Licensee    means any person who holds a license from the board to practice as a midwife.
Midwife    means a person licensed by the board as a certified midwife (CM), certified nurse midwife (CNM), or certified professional midwife (CPM).
Midwifery services    means care for childbearing persons during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, the provision of gynecological care and primary preventive reproductive care, and care for newborn infants in the early weeks of life consistent with the midwife   s education and certification.      Midwifery services    shall also include, with respect to a certified midwife or a certified nurse midwife, primary care for individuals with female reproductive systems.
4.       (New section) There is created in the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety the State Board of Midwifery.   The board shall consist of  13 members, one of whom shall be a public member appointed pursuant to the provisions of subsection b. of section 2 of P.L.1971, c.60 (C.45:1-2.2) and one of whom shall be a member of the Executive Branch appointed in fulfillment of the requirement of subsection c. of that section; two of whom shall be physicians who are certified by either the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, or any other certification organization of comparable standards; one of whom shall be a physician who practices family medicine; and one of whom shall be a physician who practices pediatrics.   The seven remaining members shall be midwives, at least one of whom shall be a midwifery educator.
The Governor shall appoint each member, other than the State executive department member, for terms of three years, except that of the members first appointed, five shall serve for a term of three years, four shall serve for terms of two years and three shall serve for terms of one year.   Any vacancy in the membership shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner provided by the original appointment.   No member of the board shall serve for more than two successive terms in addition to any unexpired term to which the member has been appointed.   The Governor may remove any member of the board, other than the State executive department member who, pursuant to subsection c. of section 2 of P.L.1971, c.60 (C.45:1-2.2), serves at the pleasure of the Governor, for cause.