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Nurse-Midwives in Massachusetts No Longer Required to Have Physician Approval to Practice

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
February 14, 2012

...across the country, states are increasingly moving away from requiring a supervising physician  for nurse-midwives; a move that will broaden health access for women...

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Certified nurse-midwives in Massachusetts no longer need to have a physician sign on the dotted line in order to work in the state.

Under a new state law, nurse-midwives do not have to practice under a physician’s supervision.  Instead, they will be required to practice within a health care system and have a clinical relationship with an obstetrician-gynecologist.

At a practical level, the law means that nurse-midwives, who long have been able to write prescriptions and order tests, won’t need a doctor to oversee their decisions.  Massachusetts only licenses certified nurse-midwives, so the law does not apply to any other midwives.

Kathryn Kravetz Carr, president of the Massachusetts Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, said the changes will make it easier for women to access health care.

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