California Midwifery Law

I thought it fitting to include some information about California’s midwifery law, since I live in California and will be licensed to practice midwifery in this state.

Association of Midwives states the following:
“The licensed midwife may assist a woman in childbirth as long as progress meets criteria accepted as normal. Normal pregnancy and childbirth is defined as meeting all of the following conditions:

  1. There is an absence of any preexisting maternal disease or condition likely to affect the pregnancy.
  2. There is an absence of significant disease arising from the pregnancy.
  3. There is a singleton fetus.
  4. There is a cephalic presentation.
  5. The gestational age of the fetus is greater than 37 0⁄7 weeks and less than 42 0⁄7 completed weeks of pregnancy.
  6. Labor is spontaneous or induced in an outpatient setting.”

California’s Midwifery Amended Law