Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation expanding the medical authority of nurse-midwives. The new law allows midwives to write prescriptions as well as order and interpret tests and therapeutics. Governor Patrick said that the law will also increase access to nurse-midwifery care for more women in Massachusetts.
According to Boston.com,
“The law ends the requirement that nurse-midwives practice as part of a team that includes a licensing physician with admitting privileges. Instead, nurse-midwives will be required to practice within a health care system and have clinical relationships with obstetrician-gynecologists that will provide consultations.”
The Massachusetts Department of Health will take charge of registering nurse-midwives to issues prescriptions. It will also work with the Board of Registration in Nursing and the Board of Registration in Medicine to authorize controlled substances for certified nurse-midwives.
What do you think of the new law? Are you a nurse-midwife in Massachusetts? We’d love to hear from you!
For more information on midwifery titles and certification, visit www.jblearning.com/nursing/womenshealth/