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Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Midwives [18 VAC 85 ‑ 130]
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On this Periodic Review

Review Announcement

Pursuant to Executive Order 14 (as amended July 16, 2018) and §§ 2.2-4007.1 and 2.2-4017 of the Code of Virginia, this regulation is undergoing a periodic review.

The review of this regulation will be guided by the principles in Executive Order 14 (as amended July 16, 2018). http://TownHall.Virginia.Gov/EO-14.pdf.

The purpose of this review is to determine whether this regulation should be repealed, amended, or retained in its current form. Public comment is sought on the review of any issue relating to this regulation, including whether the regulation (i) is necessary for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare or for the economical performance of important governmental functions; (ii) minimizes the economic impact on small businesses in a manner consistent with the stated objectives of applicable law; and (iii) is clearly written and easily understandable.

In order for you to receive a response to your comment, your contact information (preferably an email address or, alternatively, a U.S. mailing address) must accompany your comment. Following the close of the public comment period, a report of both reviews will be posted on the Town Hall and a report of the small business impact review will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations.

CLOSED     Opened on 7/18/2022 and Ended on 8/17/2022

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 Comment Title  Commenter
Midwife License Law Kathleen Winters  8/17/22  11:56 pm
Licensed midwife law Anonymous (127365)  8/17/22  11:51 pm
Midwives Chelsea Bayer  8/17/22  11:48 pm
Support for Midwives David  8/17/22  11:42 pm
Let the midwives use their training! Virginia Ferguson  8/17/22  11:42 pm
Allow access to life saving medications! Anonymous (127361)  8/17/22  11:40 pm
Let's move in the direction of progress Markesha  8/17/22  11:32 pm
All families deserve Midwifery Care Hadassah Bellot  8/17/22  11:24 pm
Midwifery Care Mitigates Poor Outcomes Tiffany Delk  8/17/22  11:20 pm
Midwives rule Kerrie  8/17/22  11:18 pm
Help midwives save lives Sara reimold  8/17/22  11:16 pm
Keep midwives accessible Nancy Ang  8/17/22  11:13 pm
Allow Virginia mothers to receive the care certified professional midwives are trained to provide. Michael Landry  8/17/22  11:05 pm
Allow licensed midwives full scope. Anonymous (127353)  8/17/22  11:04 pm
Midwifery safety laws Kim Graves  8/17/22  11:02 pm
Midwives need access to the same drugs as midwives have in the hospital. Jackie Hess, Yorktown Soula  8/17/22  11:02 pm
Support VA Midwives Anonymous (127350)  8/17/22  10:49 pm
Midwife’s practice Mitchiko Taylor massage therapist  8/17/22  10:48 pm
Midwifery scope of practice Christa Hall  8/17/22  10:41 pm
People will be safer if midwives can carry meds Aili Huber  8/17/22  10:29 pm
Families Deserve Access to Safe Options Out Of Hospital! Chelea Shira, CPM, LM  8/17/22  10:27 pm
Remove barriers to safe maternal care Desiree Cripps CPM, RN  8/17/22  10:25 pm
It is time… Terri Hewitt, LM, CPM  8/17/22  10:11 pm
Virgina Midwives and scope of practice Leslie  8/17/22  10:08 pm
Support our midwives Chris  8/17/22  10:01 pm
Yes Gayle  8/17/22  9:55 pm
Support our midwives Amanda Hall  8/17/22  9:54 pm
Midwives scope of practice Kaitlyn  8/17/22  9:49 pm
It's a yes for me! Anonymous (127337)  8/17/22  9:34 pm
Midwives should be allowed to carry the life-saving medication they are already qualified to use. Kinsey Johnston  8/17/22  8:49 pm
My VA midwife is more qualified to administer my Rhogam than I am! Jill Crossland  8/17/22  8:49 pm
Support midwives and families in VA Anonymous (127334)  8/17/22  8:48 pm
Midwives Melanie  8/17/22  8:42 pm
Midwives should have access Rebecca Amstutz  8/17/22  8:20 pm
Allow midwives to administer medicines/drugs!! Lydia Heatwole  8/17/22  7:39 pm
Let out of hospital midwives carry emergency medications Anna Graham, RN, BSN  8/17/22  6:53 pm
Autonomous practice Natalie Detrich, FNP  8/17/22  6:28 pm
Bring LM Scope in Regs Up to National Standards Karen Kelly, Virginia Affiliate of American College of Nurse-Midwives  8/17/22  6:24 pm
Statement on Midwives concerning changes to Midwife laws Ildiko Baugus, CPM, LM  8/17/22  6:12 pm
Please support all Virginia mothers and babies Emily Friar CPM  8/17/22  5:18 pm
Supporting safe delivery/ full acesss Caeli Werner  8/17/22  4:38 pm
Support FULL practice for licensed midwives Emily Huffman  8/17/22  3:50 pm
FIX LAWS SURROUNDING CPMS Kat Mcclenahan  8/17/22  3:25 pm
Medication access for CPM! Kamika Brown  8/17/22  2:55 pm
Barriers to medication access for LM’s is a safety hazard. Misty Ward VA Birth Center Alliance  8/17/22  2:21 pm
Give midwives full rights Anonymous (127309)  8/17/22  1:34 pm
Change the Law! Erika Bennett  8/17/22  1:33 pm
Women's rights are human rights! Robin Brown  8/17/22  12:31 pm
Laws and regulations should be in place to protect birthing families, not harm them. Change the law! Erin Murphy, CPM, LM  8/17/22  12:09 pm
Comment Helen Avramidis  8/17/22  11:46 am
Let CPMs practice in full scope of care! Anonymous (127303)  8/17/22  11:03 am
Let them do their jobs Lindsay Meredith  8/17/22  8:30 am
Midwives MUST be allowed to administer medications!!!! Brittany Monaghan  8/17/22  4:50 am
Midwives are capable Tara  8/17/22  1:37 am
Give the autonomy for midwives to practice within their scope and training Jerika Smith  8/17/22  12:40 am
Birth access in VA Gwen Paulson  8/16/22  11:08 pm
Certified Professional Midwives are excellent and deserve support John Pilch  8/16/22  11:03 pm
Let CPMs administer medications Anonymous (127294)  8/16/22  10:46 pm
Virginia Midwifery Laws Must Change to Reflect National and Global Midwifery Practice Scope of Care Meagan Flaherty  8/16/22  10:41 pm
Legalize pertinent LM medication administration in VA Sarah Miksa  8/16/22  10:13 pm
Support healthy moms and babies - allow midwives to carry medications J. Anderson Gould, LCSW  8/16/22  10:07 pm
Midwives are trained and certified, let them administer medication Daniel Pilch  8/16/22  9:47 pm
LET MIDWIVES USE THEIR MEDS Spencer Thompson  8/16/22  9:30 pm
Facilitate safe conditions for homebirth mothers Benjamin Pilch  8/16/22  9:30 pm
Midwives should have RX rights Meghan Kelly  8/16/22  9:20 pm
License Emergency Meds for Out of Hospital Midwives Pamela H. Pilch, Esq.  8/16/22  9:09 pm
Allow CPM to provide life saving medications Rebekah Vansant RN BSN  8/16/22  9:06 pm
Midwives should have meds Ethan P Dunn  8/16/22  8:24 pm
Support Midwives in VA Anonymous (127282)  8/16/22  8:17 pm
Midwives should be able to use medications within their scope of practice Anonymous (127281)  8/16/22  7:42 pm
Virginia Midwives and life saving medications Mary Wese  8/16/22  7:25 pm
Responsibility = ability to respond D3  8/16/22  7:20 pm
Is the restrictive law worth a life ! Anonymous (127278)  8/16/22  6:44 pm
Midwives and Medications Leah Paul  8/16/22  4:48 pm
Necessary Changes for the Health and Safety of Women and Babies Marinda Shindler CPM LM  8/16/22  4:32 pm
Full scope practice for midwives Lori Murafka Orme CPM  8/16/22  4:07 pm
Protect Women in Virginia Madison Orme  8/16/22  3:48 pm
Keep Women and Newborns Safe Through CPM Care Anonymous (127263)  8/16/22  1:05 pm
Midwives in VA Anonymous (127261)  8/16/22  11:04 am
CPMs are trained to use medications and authorized to do so in other states Jenny Fox  8/16/22  9:16 am
Save mothers lives, empower midwives! Anita Barefoot  8/16/22  8:13 am
Midwives are the answer to maternity care deserts! Anonymous (127254)  8/16/22  7:34 am
Empower Midwives Mel J Horan  8/16/22  12:13 am
Supporting Midwives Elizabeth Losh  8/15/22  10:43 pm
Midwives and their right to administer life saving medication Anonymous (127251)  8/15/22  9:57 pm
Midwives are amazing Jessica H.  8/15/22  9:56 pm
Midwives Anonymous (127247)  8/15/22  5:13 pm
Midwives Tina Bein  8/15/22  5:04 pm
Repeal This Idiotic Law and Let the Trained Professionals do their Job Mr. Horst  8/15/22  4:54 pm
Protect families by allowing midwives to administer the medications they are trained to use Joanna Berger  8/15/22  1:09 pm
Let midwives do their job properly Louise Smith  8/15/22  1:00 pm
VA Midwives need to administer medications Anna Whetsel Rucker, Doula, HBCE. MomaRee’s Doula Services, LLC  8/15/22  12:35 pm
VA Midwives need to admirer medications Anna Whetsel Rucker, Doula, HBCE. MomaRee’s Doula Services, LLC  8/15/22  12:34 pm
Medications Access Anonymous (127231)  8/15/22  12:15 pm
Allow midwives to carry and administer necessary medications Jessica Sewell  8/15/22  11:04 am
Allow CPMs to administer meds Alexandra Loginov  8/15/22  9:12 am
Midwifery Forrest  8/15/22  8:56 am
Allow CPMs to administer these essential, safe medications and treatments Anonymous (127226)  8/15/22  7:11 am
VA Families seeking a homebirth must be kept safe Debbie Wong  8/15/22  4:27 am
Please allow midwives to act within the full scope of their training Anonymous (127222)  8/14/22  10:46 pm
Please give VA midwives access to life saving medications! Nicole Kramer  8/14/22  9:59 pm
Please change the current law Kassy Newman  8/14/22  8:39 pm
Allow midwives to practice fully Anonymous (127218)  8/14/22  5:27 pm
Safe home birth Anonymous (127217)  8/14/22  4:56 pm
Licensed Midwive's Scope of Practice to administer certain medications Christina Owens, CPM, LM (VMA VP) EVa Homebirth  8/14/22  3:58 pm
Thank you for reading- this is important to help the lives of mothers and their children Beth Wehr  8/14/22  2:51 pm
My midwife should have been able to have these available Emma Stevens  8/14/22  2:47 pm
Midwives should be able to administer and prescribe these meds!! Anonymous (127213)  8/14/22  2:17 pm
Outdated midwifery law Jeni Rector, CPM The Village Midwife and Birth Center  8/13/22  1:06 pm
Midwife use of Vitamin K saved my baby's life Anonymous (127207)  8/12/22  4:12 pm
Pleas allow midwives to prescribe basic medication Anonymous (127203)  8/12/22  7:11 am
Meds for midwives Ray T  8/11/22  2:50 pm
CPMs must be able to serve families fully Julia pelly  8/11/22  12:33 am
Allow CPMs and LMs to carry Standard Medications for VA Homebirth Families in their Midwifery Care Dana Washington-Queen  8/10/22  12:16 am
Supporting safe delivery/ full access Anonymous (127155)  8/9/22  4:18 pm
New Licensed Midwife Beverley L Bouchard  8/8/22  9:31 pm
Certified Professional Midwives Stephanie Krautkramer  8/8/22  3:40 pm
Midwives are trained professionals Melissa Marshall  8/6/22  1:41 pm
Update our outdated law to reflect CPM scope of practice Kim Pekin, Premier Birth Center  8/5/22  3:01 pm
Midwife support Selena  8/3/22  8:27 pm
Expand options for mothers, by giving midwives the freedom to practice Anonymous (124837)  8/3/22  3:06 pm
Midwifery Miranda C  8/2/22  7:54 pm
Allow midwives to carry life -saving medications! Brittany Inzeo  8/2/22  5:52 pm
Midwife/ Home birth Hilary Jenish  8/2/22  5:10 pm
Allow midwives to serve their patients Savannah Longest  8/2/22  5:02 pm
Increase access to care Jade Hillery  8/2/22  1:00 pm
Midwives are Heroes Ashley Lyttle  8/2/22  12:50 pm
Empower Midwives Barry Wilder O'Keefe  8/2/22  9:34 am
CPMs are trained professionals! Anonymous (124497)  8/2/22  6:09 am
Just say no to hospital births Bria  8/1/22  2:45 pm
Midwifery care changed my life Michaela Skinner  7/31/22  4:16 pm
Midwives can do it Kate Heard, RN  7/31/22  7:38 am
Midwives Anonymous (124211)  7/30/22  10:17 pm
Midwives to carry basic life saving pharmaceuticals Wendy Owens, CPM  7/30/22  6:22 pm
Women need fully practicing midwives. Anonymous (124187)  7/30/22  8:47 am
In favor of full scope M. D'vorah Honey CPM LM  7/29/22  8:12 pm
Best Practice Homebirth Adelaide Myers, RN  7/29/22  7:04 pm
Allow midwives to carry essentials Julie Brierre  7/28/22  9:37 pm
Midwives Angela Hobbs  7/28/22  8:54 pm
Midwifery Linnea Charisse Anderson  7/26/22  11:23 pm
Midwifery Hannah Johnson  7/26/22  5:49 pm
Medications Anonymous (124050)  7/26/22  2:44 pm
Medications Anonymous (124049)  7/26/22  2:44 pm
Allow midwives to provide care they are certified for Jesse Parsons  7/26/22  2:27 pm
Policy information Julia Bray  7/26/22  1:06 pm
In Support of Virginia Midwives Anonymous (124001)  7/25/22  9:10 pm
Midwifery Anonymous (124000)  7/25/22  9:05 pm
Midwifery Care Anonymous (123997)  7/25/22  8:29 pm
Allowing midwives to practice to their full scope Anonymous (123996)  7/25/22  8:10 pm
Virginia Midwifery Anonymous (123993)  7/25/22  7:27 pm
regulations that impact midwifery Antonia Harris  7/25/22  7:20 pm
Allow CPMs to administer meds needed for mom and baby. Anonymous (123989)  7/25/22  7:11 pm
Help keep mamas and babies safe Anonymous (123988)  7/25/22  7:02 pm
Let’s get out of the stone ages. Dominique clothiaux  7/25/22  6:22 pm
Let's bring midwifery care up-to-date! Anonymous (122875)  7/22/22  11:45 pm
Va Midwifery Anonymous (122868)  7/22/22  1:17 pm
Maximum Scope = Maximum Public Safety Lorri Carr, LM, CPM, LDM, LDEM - Highland Midwife  7/22/22  10:55 am
VA midwives Practice Anonymous (122830)  7/20/22  9:09 pm
Allow CPMs to carry medicines Katrina Nakao, Pathways Midwifery  7/20/22  8:38 pm
Please us the ability to practice our full scope Naomi Voss  7/20/22  6:42 pm
Allow Certified Professional Midwives to Carry and Administer Maternity and Newborn Medicines Maggie Grevas  7/20/22  2:50 pm
CPM/LM access to needed medications Michael Vernon Voss, Congressional Affairs Lead  7/19/22  6:23 pm
Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Midwives Kelly Jenkins  7/19/22  4:08 pm
Regulations governing the practice of Licensed Midwife Anne V Monson LM CPM  7/19/22  3:42 pm
Nothing to Lose! Meredith Nelson  7/19/22  3:35 pm
Midwives allowed full scope of practice LeaAnna H Miller, CPM, LM  7/19/22  11:41 am
Moms’ access and health comes first. MaryMay Short, BSN, RN  7/19/22  11:19 am
Allowing Full Scope of Practice Savannah Fassero, CPM, Heart of Lynchburg Midwifery  7/19/22  11:08 am
Practicing to the full extent of training Amy Rollogas, RN and CNM student  7/19/22  9:55 am
Midwifery in Virginia Anonymous (122760)  7/19/22  8:22 am
License CPMs to carry and administer certain medications Sara Dunn  7/18/22  9:44 pm
Allow us the ability to practice our full scope DD  7/18/22  9:22 pm
Certified Midwives should have all of their privileges Anonymous (122747)  7/18/22  7:56 pm
Midwives To Be Allowed Medication Rachel Adams  7/18/22  2:39 pm
CPM/LM access to needed medications Sylvia Boudali, CNM  7/18/22  2:07 pm
Virginia Midwives Corey Watts  7/18/22  11:36 am
Allow midwives to practice to their full ability Mance Miller  7/18/22  11:30 am
License midwives for meds Briana Watts  7/18/22  11:10 am
REVIEW of regulations for CPM's Doran Richards, CPM, Grace Midwifery  7/18/22  10:12 am

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