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.

Responsibilities

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, vice-chairperson July 30, 2028
April Haugen, midwife February 29, 2024
Katherine Sauerlender, midwife, chairperson March 31, 2027
Rachael Cook, midwife March 31, 2027
Robin Vazquez, public member 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

March 13, 2024 | Time: 10 a.m.

  • In-person Attendees
    The Olympia Center, 222
    Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501, Room 200
  • Virtual Attendees
    Microsoft Teams meeting
    Join the meeting
    Meeting ID: 239 788 909 14
    Passcode: 5Ntmam
  • Or call in (audio only): +1 564-999-2000,,606859197# (United States, Olympia)
Regular meeting  

June 12, 2024 | Time: 10 a.m.

  • In-person Attendees
    Labor & Industries
    7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, Room S130
  • Virtual Attendees
    Microsoft Teams meeting
    Join the meeting
    Meeting ID: 278 888 892 852
    Passcode: vBvhyD
  • Or call in (audio only): +1 564-999-2000,,58224903# (United States, Olympia)
Regular meeting  

September 11, 2024 | Time: 10 a.m.

  • In-person Attendees
    Labor & Industries
    7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, Room S130
  • Virtual Attendees 
    Microsoft Teams meeting
    Join the meeting
    Meeting ID: 237 063 342 14
    Passcode: DDFY9N
  • Or call in (audio only): +1 564-999-2000,,373264067# (United States, Olympia)
Regular meeting  

December 11, 2024 | Time: 10 a.m.

  • In-person Attendees
    Labor & Industries
    7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, Room S130
  • Virtual Attendees
    Join the meeting
    Meeting ID: 244 617 625 504
    Passcode: KKhbU6
  • Or call in (audio only): +1 564-999-2000,,351874941# (United States, Olympia)
Regular meeting  
Meeting Minutes

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