Office of Direct-Entry Midwifery Registration: News

Rulemaking Hearing - November 30

The Office of Direct-Entry Midwifery Registration will hold a public rulemaking hearing on Tuesday, November 30, 2017 for consideration of the amendment and revision of Rule 8 - Minimum Practice Requirements Regarding Newborn Care.

Meeting Details

Written Comments

Interested parties may submit written comments regarding this rulemaking to the following address no later than November 29, 2017:

Office of Direct-Entry Midwifery
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

In addition, interested parties will be given an opportunity to make brief oral presentations at the hearing unless such oral presentations are determined unnecessary under the Director's discretion. All submissions will be considered. The rule under consideration may be changed or modified after public comment and hearing.

Stakeholder Meeting Recording Available

The Office of Direct-Entry Midwifery Registration held a stakeholder meeting on October 24, 2017 to obtain comments and feedback on Rule 8 (Minimum Practice Requirements Regarding Newborn Care). The recording of that meeting is now available.

Data Reporting Task Force Report

The Direct-Entry Midwifery Data Reporting Task Force was established pursuant to §12-37-105.3 C.R.S. to review and make recommendations on the data reporting requirements for direct-entry midwives. The Task Force completed its work and released the following report and recommendations.

Risk Management Working Group Report

The Direct-Entry Midwife Risk Management Working Group was established pursuant to §12-37-109(3)(b)(I) C.R.S. to review risk management tools for Colorado-registered direct-entry midwives. The Working Group completed its work and released the following report and recommendations.

New Midwifery Working Group

On June 10, 2016, Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1360 Concerning the Continuation of the Regulation of Direct-Entry Midwives, which continues the Department's regulation of direct-entry midwives and implements the recommendations from the 2015 Sunset Review: Direct-Entry Midwives. The bill also gives DORA's Executive Director, Joe Neguse, the authority to convene a Working Group to specifically investigate ways of managing risks in the practice of midwifery.

According to the new law, §12-37-109(3)(b)(I), C.R.S., the Working Group has the authority to:

...assess potential mechanisms for managing risks, including methods for mitigating liability; professional liability insurance; the creation and operation of a joint underwriting authority; a risk retention group; letters of credit; and posting surety bonds or other financial instruments or arrangements that could be used to satisfy a claim based on professional negligence.

The working group must report its findings by October 1, 2016. After receiving the report, ​Director Neguse​ will provide the report and any recommendations for legislation to the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee by November 1, 2016.