Jun 3, 2015 4:56 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - More California midwives could help care for pregnant women without doctor's supervision under a bill moving through the Legislature.
The Assembly on Wednesday unanimously approved AB1306 to allow midwives to independently treat and provide medication for patients. The California Nurse Midwives Association is sponsoring the bill.
It would give certified midwives the same freedom to work without doctor supervision that licensed midwives currently have.
Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke of Inglewood says California is one of just six states that currently restrict certified midwives.
Opponents say the policy would undermine patient safety. Burke said she's willing to make changes to her bill to address those concerns.
The bill passed 61-0 with no debate. It heads to the Senate.
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