House Ready to Pass Midwifery Bill

1 decade 2 years 9 months ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News
The bill would repeal the 47-year-old designation of midwifery as the illegal practice of medicine. The measure now goes to the House floor, with an identical in the Senate. Supporters said it's a matter of reproductive choice and a natural event that doesn't always require hospitalization. The Missouri State Medical Association and the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians argued against the bill. Home births in Missouri aren't illegal. The state recorded 719 out-of-hospital births in 2004, less than 1% of all live births.

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