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Midwifery Regulation Matters

I’m updating the directory this week, a very boring task involving staring at a computer screen and writing code…….yawn.

But in the midst of these updates I do more research, look for more resources and find more information about midwifery in places I don’t live…like Canada.

Here in the US, midwifery is regulated at the state level.  This means laws can be very different depending on where you live.  This is not a problem unique to the United States.  Canada’s midwifery laws are province specific and create equal havoc for Canadian families. Check out this summary of current midwifery laws.

Not being Canadian, I don’t know the system well enough to know if this is direct entry midwifery or all midwives.  At least in the United States, nurse midwifery is legal in all states even if direct entry midwifery is not yet regulated or completely prohibited. So while states may have policies that make it more difficult (or nearly impossible) for a woman to have a midwife, at least there are some midwives.

Perhaps I’ll have the opportunity to look into some of the Canadian midwifery policies when I begin my PhD research this fall.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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