Midwife - Rules in Progress

Rules in Progress

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

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Current rules in progress

Notice Of Adoption Of Interpretive Statement, Health Equity Continuing Education for Midwives

It is the Department of Health’s position that health equity continuing education requirements for Midwives licensed under chapter 246-834 WAC, include training requirements in WAC 246-12-800 through WAC 246-12-830 and apply to a Midwife licensee starting January 1, 2024.

Health equity continuing education (CE) requirements for licensed Midwives under chapter 246-834 WAC. Training requirements in WAC 246-12-800 through WAC 246-12-830 will apply to a Midwife licensee starting January 1, 2024.

The Department of Health is considering rulemaking to implement Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5765 (Chapter 289, Laws of 2022)

SSB 5765 creates two new credentials for limited prescriptive license extensions for midwives. Rules may be needed for the new license extensions to specify processes for applicants to meet education and training requirements. Amended rules will also replace gendered language with gender-neutral terms throughout the chapter and update the legend drugs and devices that allowed for the license extensions.

The Midwifery Program is considering creating new sections and proposing amendments to chapter 246-834 WAC, Midwives, to implement Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5765 (chapter 289, Laws of 2022) creating a limited prescriptive license extension option for licensed midwives to be authorized to prescribe, obtain, and administer medications and therapies for the prevention and treatment of common prenatal and postpartum conditions, and hormonal and nonhormonal family planning methods. The bill has a further license extension to include hormonal and nonhormonal family planning medical devices and implants. The bill also makes the chapter more inclusive by replacing gendered language with gender-neutral terms.

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