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