Bill to Allow Midwifery Profession Clears Hurdle in Senate

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Wednesday, April 18 2007 Apr 18, 2007 Wednesday, April 18, 2007 11:46:26 AM CDT April 18, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Women who want to give birth at home win a small victory in the Missouri Senate. Tuesday senators gave initial approval to a bill legalizing lay midwives, but an opponent is vowing to try to block the bill from reaching a final vote. Legislation to legalize lay midwives who help deliver babies has been around for more than a decade, but repeatedly has faltered under opposition from doctors and various medical interests. Supporters say Missouri laws are among the strictest in the nation and force women to break the law if they want to give birth outside a hospital. Opponents say they fear for the safety of the women and their infants should something go wrong. ------ Midwifery bill is SB303.

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