Midwifery Advisory Committee

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.

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Committee Information

Committee Overview

The Midwifery Advisory Committee is a diverse group comprising physicians, midwives, and a public member. Additional experts in childbirth may join as needed. 

Financial Support

Committee-related subsistence and lodging expenses are provided for official engagements.


The committee advises the secretary on critical matters such as continuing education, reexaminations, and peer reviews.

Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings, about three times annually, are historically scheduled for June, September, and December.

Application Process

For those interested in joining, visit our website and select “Application – Secretary Appointed.” Specify your interest in the Midwife Advisory Committee on the application. 

Committee Members

Name and term expiration date of members

Member Term Expires
Steven Maynard, obstetrician March 31, 2027
Katelyn Yoder, physician September 17, 2028
Laura MacPherson, certified nurse midwife July 30, 2028
April Haugen, midwife February 29, 2024
Katherine Sauerlender, midwife, vice-chairperson March 31, 2027
Rachael Cook, midwife March 31, 2027
Robin Vazquez, public member, chairperson November 30, 2024
Committee Meetings

Kindly note that meeting details are subject to change. Your attendance and active engagement are highly encouraged.

Date and Location Activity Documents

December 6, 2023 at 10 a.m.

Meeting Location:

  • Virtual Attendance via Microsoft Teams
    • Join on your computer, mobile app, or room device.
    • Meeting ID: 298 475 358 737
    • Passcode: AsjX7j
    • Download Teams | Join on the web
    • Alternatively, for audio-only participation, dial +1 564-999-2000,,310937945# (United States, Olympia)
  • In-Person Meeting at Washington State Health Care Authority, 626 8th Ave. S.E., Pear Conference Room, 1st Floor, Olympia, WA 98501
Regular meeting Agenda (PDF)
Meeting Minutes