Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Midwives [18 VAC 85 ‑ 130]
Action Disclosure requirements for high-risk pregnancies
Comment Period Ended on 11/25/2009
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11/14/09  11:02 am
Commenter: Pamela H. Pilch, JD, LCCE

High Risk Conditions

I would like to add to my comment above that I hope in drafting the state-mandated informed consent document for Certified Professional Midwives, the Board of Medicine will consider the fact that many conditions that are considered 'high risk' by some obstetricians are really only variations of normal human birthing.  Certified Professional Midwives are, or can be trained, perfectly well to handle all variations of normal birth.  For this reason, I hope that the Board will carefully restrict the conditions deemed "high risk" for home birthing to those few that have clear and objective evidence of the need for immediate access to hospital care at the time of birth.

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