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


The Midwifery Advisory Committee is composed of on physician who is a practicing obstetrician; one practicing physician; one licensed certified nurse midwife; three licensed midwives; and one public member, who has no financial interest in the rendering of health services. The committee may seek other consultants as appropriate, including persons trained in childbirth education and perinatology or neonatology.

Reimbursement and Compensation

Reasonable allowances will be provided to cover reasonable and necessary subsistence and lodging expenses while engaged on official business.

Advice and Recommendations

The Midwifery Advisory Committee advises and makes recommendations to the secretary on issues including, but not limited to, continuing education, mandatory reexamination, and peer review.

The committee meets about three times a year. Historically, meetings have been scheduled in June, September, and December during business hours.

If you're interested in applying for an appointment to the Midwife Advisory Committee, see our website. Select the "Application – Secretary Appointed." Note on the application that you are applying for the Midwife Advisory Committee. 

Committee Members

Name and term expiration date of members

Member Term Expires
Steven Maynard, obstetrician March 31, 2027
Alexander Hamling, physician August 31, 2023
Vacant, certified nurse midwife  
April Haugen, midwife February 29, 2024
Katherine Sauerlender, midwife, vice-chairperson March 31, 2027
Rachael Cook, midwife August 31, 2023
Robin Vazquez, public member, chairperson August 30, 2024
Committee Meetings

(All meetings are subject to change and start at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted.)

Date and Location Activity Documents

September 13, 2023

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Lacey Community Center
Woodland Creek Community Park
6729 Pacific Ave. S.E., Room 1 and 2
Olympia, WA 98503

Regular meeting Agenda (PDF)

December 6, 2023

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Washington State Health Care Authority
626 8th Ave. S.E.
Olympia, WA 98501

Regular meeting  
Meeting Minutes