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[r25] Rep. Lehe: Establishing the Midwifery Board
Start Date: 2/26/2013Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 2/26/2013End Time: 8:00 AM
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Rep. Lehe:  Establishing the midwifery board

STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1135 authored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and co-authored by Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) passed through the House Monday with a 63 to 32 vote.

HB 1135 establishes a midwifery board and sets qualifications for a Certified Direct Entry Midwife (CDEM).  The board will establish continuing education requirements, develop peer review procedures and adopt rules concerning the competent practice of CDEMs. The midwifery board will be composed of three doctors, a CNM, four Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) and a member of the public.  

“Safety is our biggest concern,” said Rep. Lehe.  “We are not trying to dictate where mothers choose to have their children.  We just want to set standards in place to ensure home births are performed as safely as possible.”

In Indiana, practice of midwifery is currently limited to Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM). Midwifery practiced by someone who is not a CNM carries the penalty of a Class D felony.  Annually in Indiana there are 1,000-1,500 births assisted by midwives who are not CNMs.  

“We want to encourage the collaboration of doctors and midwives in order to provide the best healthcare and birth options for the mother and child,” said Rep. Lehe. “Women are not being forced to give birth in a hospital; we just want to ensure that they receive the best possible care wherever they choose to go.”

HB 1135 will move on to the Senate for further debate and discussion.  To stay up-to-date with this legislation as well as any other please visit www.in.gov/legislative.

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State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee.  Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.
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Name: Maggie Johnson
Phone: 317-232-9693
Email: majohnso@iga.in.gov
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