Subdivision 1. Applicability.
The definitions in this section apply to this chapter.
Subd. 2. Advisory council.
"Advisory council" means the Advisory Council of Traditional
Midwifery established under section
Subd. 3. Approved education program.
"Approved education program" means a university,
college, or other education program leading to eligibility for certification in midwifery that is
approved or accredited by the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC) or its
successor, or a national accrediting organization recommended by the advisory council and
approved by the board.
Subd. 4. Board.
"Board" means the Board of Medical Practice.
Subd. 5. Contact hour.
"Contact hour" means 50 consecutive minutes, excluding coffee
breaks, registration, meals without a speaker, and social activities, of a board-approved learning
experience either through an instructional session or clinical practice.
Subd. 6. Credential.
"Credential" means a license, permit, certification, registration, or other
evidence of qualification or authorization to engage in the practice of traditional midwifery in
this state or any other state.
Subd. 7. Credentialing examination.
"Credentialing examination" means an examination
administered by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) or its successor, or other
national testing organization recommended by the advisory council and approved by the board
for credentialing as a licensed traditional midwife. A credentialing examination must include a
written examination and a skills assessment.
Subd. 8. Normal pregnancy.
"Normal pregnancy" means a pregnancy that is progressing
and proceeding spontaneously without the need for medical intervention or the use of instruments
and where spontaneous onset of labor occurs between 37 and 42 weeks.
Subd. 9. Traditional midwifery services.
"Traditional midwifery services" means the
assessment and care of a woman and newborn during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum
period outside a hospital.
Subd. 10. Transfer of care.
"Transfer of care" means transferring, during the course of
pregnancy, the responsibility of providing services to a client from the traditional midwife to a
licensed health care provider.
Subd. 11. Transport.
"Transport" means the transferring during labor, birth, or the
postpartum period of the client to a hospital.
History: 1999 c 162 s 1