The Midwifery Advisory Committee's mandate is to protect the public's health and safety, and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction. The committee accomplishes this through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance.
- Committee Information
The Midwifery Advisory Committee's mandate is to protect the public's health and safety, and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction. The committee accomplishes this through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance division.
The Midwifery Advisory Committee shall advise and make recommendations to the secretary of health on issues including, but not limited to:
- continuing education
- mandatory reexamination
- peer review
The committee is made up of one physician who is a practicing obstetrician; one practicing physician; one certified nurse midwife; three licensed midwives; and one public member. Public member representatives shall not have any financial interest in the rendering of health services. All members must be U.S. citizens and Washington residents
Committee participation expectation guidelines
The following expectation guidelines are intended to serve as a reference for current members and for prospective appointees of the committee:
- Attend regular board meetings
- Prepare for all meetings by reading materials sent one to two weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting date. The packets take an average of two to four hours to read before each business meeting.
- Assist newly appointed committee members as necessary.
- Members may not serve more than five years consecutively.
Total annual time commitment
Meetings and conferences: Four to five days per year.
Meeting preparation: Two to four hours per meeting
Sub-committee meetings: Four to five hours per year
- Committee Members
Name and term expiration date of members
Member Term Expires Robin DeRegt, MD, chair August 31, 2022 Robin Vazquez, public member, vice-chair November 30, 2024 April Haugen, licensed midwife February 29, 2024 Rachael Cook, licensed midwife March 31, 2027 Katherine Sauerlender, licensed midwife March 31, 2027 Alex Hamling, MD August 31, 2023 Karen Swift, certified nurse midwife June 30, 2023
- Committee Meetings
(subject to change)
Date Location Documents September 14, 2022 Webinar Agenda (PDF) December 7, 2022 Webinar
- Meeting Minutes