practice, or standards for the education of midwives practicing
outside a hospital. Nor are they required to report their outcomes
to anyone. Midwives are considered "a-legal" and monitor
• The CDC recently reported a 29% increase in home birth,
indicating an increase in mothers seeking out of hospital birth.
• This bill offers women safer options for birth by establishing clear
standards for education and defined scope of practice for
midwives in Michigan.
• This bill does not take away a woman’s choice to have a baby at
home or in a birthing center. It ensures that a midwife, as the
care giver who would attend such birth, is fully educated,
licensed, insured, and functioning within her scope of practice,
defined by attending low-risk pregnancy.
• This bill supports collaboration between and among midwives and
• This bill insists that midwives are accountable to the women they
serve by carrying malpractice insurance and reporting all
• This bill is an important step in keeping mothers and babies as
safe as possible, regardless of care giver or place of birth.
• We need you to support this bill so consistency in practice and
standard of care is present for any Michigan mother who hires a