An Act to Amend Title 24 and Title 29 of the Delaware Code Relating to Midwives.

State of Delaware, Jan 04, 2008

The intent of this Act is to encourage and enable the practice of Certified Professional Midwives (via providing a mechanism for licensure) for the benefit of mothers, babies and families in the State of Delaware. Access to prenatal care and delivery services is limited by the inadequate number of providers of such services and the regulated practice of midwifery may help to reduce this shortage and improve maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates and outcomes. There is broad and substantial support among the citizens of the State of Delaware for women to have the freedom to choose the manner, cost, type of birth attendant and setting for giving birth; Certified Professional Midwifery services should be available to everyone who chooses the option of out-of-hospital birth.

The Midwifery Model of Care is fundamentally different than the Medical Maternity Model of Care. The Midwifery Model of Care recognizes that birth is a normal and healthy event in the life of a woman and her family and has physical, emotional, spiritual and social dimensions. Certified Professional Midwives apply the Midwifery Model of Care to provide sound care for birthing women in an out-of-hospital setting. The application of this woman-centered, cost-effective model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section and has been shown to be as safe or safer for healthy mothers and babies as hospital birth.

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