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Chapter 246-834 WAC

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HTMLPDF246-834-010Definitions.
HTMLPDF246-834-050Examination requirements for licensure as a midwife.
HTMLPDF246-834-060Initial application requirements for licensure as a midwife.
HTMLPDF246-834-062Initial or reinstating application for individuals who have not been in the active practice of midwifery.
HTMLPDF246-834-065Application for examination—Foreign trained.
HTMLPDF246-834-066Certified professional midwife (CPM) licensure requirements.
HTMLPDF246-834-067Preceptor for certified professional midwife (CPM) licensure program.
HTMLPDF246-834-068Trainee permit for certified professional midwife (CPM) licensure program.
HTMLPDF246-834-080Examination failures.
HTMLPDF246-834-135Secretary accredited midwifery programs.
HTMLPDF246-834-140Eligibility for state licensing examination.
HTMLPDF246-834-160Student midwife permit.
HTMLPDF246-834-250Legend drugs and devices.
HTMLPDF246-834-255Elements of care for the newborn.
HTMLPDF246-834-345License renewal.
HTMLPDF246-834-355Continuing education.
HTMLPDF246-834-360Quality improvement program.
HTMLPDF246-834-370Data submission.
HTMLPDF246-834-400Expired license.
HTMLPDF246-834-450Inactive license.
HTMLPDF246-834-990Midwifery fees and renewal cycle.
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246-834-070Release of examination results. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.060. WSR 99-03-064, § 246-834-070, filed 1/18/99, effective 2/18/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-070, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-070, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-090Purpose of accreditation of midwifery educational programs. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-090, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-090, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-090, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-100Philosophy, purpose and objectives of an accredited midwifery educational program. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-100, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-100, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-110Advisory body. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-110, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-110, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-120Learning sites. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-120, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-120, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-130Staffing and teacher qualifications. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-130, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-130, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.045. WSR 86-16-012 (Order PM 608), § 308-115-130, filed 7/25/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-130, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-150Students. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-150, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-150, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 85-23-044 (Order PL 566), § 308-115-150, filed 11/18/85; WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-150, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-170Reports to the department of health by accredited midwifery educational programs. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-834-170, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-170, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-170, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-170, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-180Application for accreditation. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-180, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-180, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.045. WSR 86-16-012 (Order PM 608), § 308-115-180, filed 7/25/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-180, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-190School survey visits. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-190, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-190, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 85-23-044 (Order PL 566), § 308-115-190, filed 11/18/85; WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-190, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-200Appeal of department of health decisions. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-834-200, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135, 18.50.045 and 34.05.220. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-200, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-200, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-200, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-210Closure of an accredited school of midwifery. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-210, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-210, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-210, filed 9/21/82.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-220Midwife-in-training program, credit toward educational requirements for licensure. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.065, 18.50.135, and 18.50.040. WSR 15-20-049, § 246-834-220, filed 9/30/15, effective 10/31/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-220, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-220, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.040(3) and 18.50.115. WSR 88-12-040 (Order PM 732), § 308-115-220, filed 5/27/88.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-230Midwife-in-training (MIT) program—Preceptor qualifications. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.065, 18.50.135, and 18.50.040. WSR 15-20-049, § 246-834-230, filed 9/30/15, effective 10/31/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-230, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-230, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.040(3) and 18.50.115. WSR 88-12-040 (Order PM 732), § 308-115-230, filed 5/27/88.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-240Trainee permit for midwife-in-training program. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.065, 18.50.135, and 18.50.040. WSR 15-20-049, § 246-834-240, filed 9/30/15, effective 10/31/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-240, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-240, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.040(3) and 18.50.115. WSR 88-12-040 (Order PM 732), § 308-115-240, filed 5/27/88.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-260General provisions. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-834-260, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135, 18.50.045, 18.130.050 and 18.130.070. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-260, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-260, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-260, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-270Mandatory reporting. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-270, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-270, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-280Health care institutions. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-280, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-280, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-290Midwifery associations or societies. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-290, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-290, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-310Health care service contractors and disability insurance carriers. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-310, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-310, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-320Professional liability carriers. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-320, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-320, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-330Courts. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-330, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-330, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-340State and federal agencies. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-340, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-340, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 17-15-024, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187.
246-834-350Cooperation with investigation. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135, 18.50.045, 18.130.050 and 18.130.070. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-350, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-350, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.070. WSR 89-14-092 (Order PM 842), § 308-115-350, filed 6/30/89.] Repealed by WSR 97-20-101, filed 9/29/97, effective 10/30/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040.
246-834-500AIDS prevention and information education requirements. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135, 18.50.045 and 70.24.270. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-500, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-500, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.24.270. WSR 88-22-077 (Order PM 786), § 308-115-500, filed 11/2/88.] Repealed by WSR 98-05-060, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280.


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Definitions.

The following definitions apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(1) "Active practice" means twenty hours per month in prenatal and postpartum clinical care, or minimum of six births annually as the primary midwife;
(2) "Department" means the Washington state department of health;
(3) "Directly assisted" means the act where a student midwife is learning the skills of a midwife through hands-on clinical experience in gradually increasing degrees of responsibility while under supervision of a licensed midwife or other obstetric provider;
(4) "Lactation care and services" means evaluation, problem identification, treatment, education, and consultation regarding lactation and breastfeeding to mothers and neonates;
(5) "Nursing education" means completion of courses for credit in a school that is approved to train persons for licensure as registered nurses or licensed practical nurses, or courses in other formal training programs which include instruction in basic nursing skills, excluding nursing assistant training;
(6) "Practical midwifery experience" means performance of tasks within the midwifery scope of practice, that is verified by affidavit, testimony or other sworn written documentation that verifies that the experience and its documentation is equivalent to that required of students enrolled in an accepted midwifery education program;
(7) "Preceptor" means a licensed midwife or other obstetric practitioner licensed by their state or jurisdiction to provide maternity care who assumes responsibility for supervising the practical (clinical obstetric) experience of a student midwife;
(8) "Primary attendant" means a student midwife who acts as primary midwife making intrapartum clinical decisions while under supervision of a licensed midwife or other obstetric provider;
(9) "Secretary" means the secretary of the Washington state department of health;
(10) "Supervision" means the observation and evaluation of a student midwife's practical performance. A supervisor must be physically present on-site and available to intervene when a student midwife performs any clinical care task at births and prenatal and postpartum care exams.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-010, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-010, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-010, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 85-23-044 (Order PL 566), § 308-115-050, filed 11/18/85; WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-050, filed 9/21/82.]



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Examination requirements for licensure as a midwife.

An applicant for midwifery licensure shall successfully pass:
(1) The midwifery examination offered by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM);
(2) The Washington state licensure examination with a minimum passing score of eighty; and
(3) The midwifery jurisprudence examination with a passing score of one hundred percent, as offered by the department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-050, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.060. WSR 99-03-064, § 246-834-050, filed 1/18/99, effective 2/18/99.]



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Initial application requirements for licensure as a midwife.

(1) An applicant for a midwife license shall submit to the department the following:
(a) Initial application on forms provided by the department.
(b) Fees required in WAC 246-834-990.
(c) Proof of high school graduation, or its equivalent.
(d) Proof of at least three years of midwifery training, per RCW 18.50.040 (2)(a), unless the applicant qualifies for a reduced academic period.
(e) Proof of completion of seven clock hours of HIV/AIDS education as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 8.
(f) Proof of successful completion of the midwifery jurisprudence exam, as offered by the department.
(2) In addition to the requirements in subsection (1) of this section, an applicant for a midwife license shall also:
(a) Have transcripts sent directly to the department from the applicant's midwifery school demonstrating that the applicant has received a certificate or diploma in midwifery. An applicant applying under WAC 246-834-065 or 246-834-066 may be exempted from this requirement.
(b) Have verification of passing the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) examination. Results must be sent directly to the department from NARM.
(3) Once all application requirements in this section are met, and additional requirements in WAC 246-834-065 or 246-834-066 if applicable, the department will schedule the applicant for the Washington state specific component exam.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.115. WSR 19-15-005, § 246-834-060, filed 7/5/19, effective 8/5/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.065, 18.50.135, and 18.50.040. WSR 15-20-049, § 246-834-060, filed 9/30/15, effective 10/31/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.060. WSR 99-03-064, § 246-834-060, filed 1/18/99, effective 2/18/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-834-060, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-060, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-060, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-060, filed 9/21/82.]



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Initial or reinstating application for individuals who have not been in the active practice of midwifery.

This section applies to applicants for an initial license as a licensed midwife, or reinstatement of a midwifery license, who have not been in the active practice of midwifery prior to initial or reinstatement license application.
(1) Any applicant who has not been engaged in the active practice of midwifery for more than three years but less than five years prior to the date of application shall, in addition to the requirements for licensure as specified in WAC 246-834-060 and 246-834-140:
(a) Provide documentation of a minimum of ten births while acting as a birth assistant under the supervision of a preceptor within the last twelve months; and
(b) Provide documentation of completion of continuing education for the three years prior to application that meets the requirements of WAC 246-834-355.
(2) Any initial or reinstating applicant who has not been engaged in the active practice of midwifery for five or more years prior to the date of application shall, in addition to the requirements for licensure as specified in WAC 246-834-060 and 246-834-140:
(a) Provide documentation of a minimum of fifteen births while acting as a birth assistant under the supervision of a preceptor within the last twelve months;
(b) Provide documentation of completion of continuing education for the three years prior that meets the requirements of WAC 246-834-355; and
(c) If applying for reinstatement, retake and pass the current Washington state midwifery licensure examination.
(3) This section does not apply to any applicant who has been enrolled in a recognized educational program under WAC 246-834-135 or 246-834-065.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-062, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17.]



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Application for examinationForeign trained.

An applicant for a midwife license who graduated from a foreign educational institution on midwifery outside of any U.S. jurisdiction may sit for the licensing examination provided the applicant completes all requirements in this section:
(1) Complete application requirements for licensure in WAC 246-834-060;
(2) Provide proof of a certificate or diploma from a foreign institution on midwifery of equal requirements conferring the full right to practice midwifery in the country in which it was issued. The diploma must bear the seal of the institution from which the applicant graduated. If applicable, the candidates must, at her or his own expense, present with the application a certified translation of the foreign certificate or diploma made by and under the seal of the consulate of the country in which the certificate or diploma was issued;
(3) Submit proof of completing at least three years of midwifery training including the study of basic nursing that meets the requirements under WAC 246-834-140(1);
(4) Submit proof of meeting minimum educational requirements under WAC 246-834-140 (2)(a) and (b);
(5) Submit to the department documentation of attendance at one hundred births that meets the requirements of WAC 246-834-140 (3)(a);
(6) Submit to the department documentation of prenatal care examinations of fifty women and early postpartum care examinations of fifty women that meets the requirements of WAC 246-834-140 (3)(b); and
(7) Demonstrate competency in the use and administration of legend drugs and devices described in RCW 18.50.115 and WAC 246-834-250. The applicant shall submit documentation of competency to the department on a department supplied form. A licensed health care professional who, within his or her scope of practice, is qualified in the use and administration of legend drugs and devices described in RCW 18.50.115 and WAC 246-834-250 must sign the form.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-065, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-834-065, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-065, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 89-16-037 (Order PM 856), § 308-115-065, filed 7/25/89, effective 8/25/89.]



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Certified professional midwife (CPM) licensure requirements.

An applicant who holds a current North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) certified professional midwife (CPM) certification may apply for a Washington state midwife license by completing all requirements in this section.
(1) To be eligible for a midwife license an applicant holding a CPM shall:
(a) Complete all application requirements for licensure in WAC 246-834-060.
(b) Ensure that proof of the CPM certification is sent to the department directly from NARM.
(c) Submit to the department documentation of attendance at one hundred births of which:
(i) At least thirty births where the applicant was the primary attendant under supervision of a qualified attendant;
(ii) At least twenty births where the applicant directly assisted;
(iii) At least fifty births that the applicant observed in addition to births counted in (c)(i) and (ii) of this subsection; and
(iv) Documentation for (c)(i) through (iii) of this subsection must include at least the date, client identifier, the applicant's role at each birth, and the signature or initials of the qualified attendant at the birth of either: A licensed midwife, a CPM preceptor, a certified nurse midwife, or a practitioner licensed by their state or jurisdiction to provide maternity care. The applicant shall submit to the department the name and contact information of each signatory, if available. The department may approve exceptions to the required documentation in this subsection.
(d) Submit to the department documentation of prenatal care examinations of fifty women and early postpartum care examinations of fifty women. The same women need not be seen for both examinations. Documentation must include at least the date, client identifier, and the signature or initials of the qualified attendant at the care examination of either: A licensed midwife, a CPM preceptor, a certified nurse midwife, or a practitioner licensed by their state or jurisdiction to provide maternity care. The applicant must submit to the department the name and contact information of each signatory, if available. The department may approve exceptions to the required documentation in this subsection.
(e) Demonstrate competency in the use and administration of legend drugs and devices described in RCW 18.50.115 and WAC 246-834-250. The applicant shall submit documentation of competency to the department on a department supplied form. A licensed health care professional who, within his or her scope of practice, is qualified to use and administer legend drugs and devices described in RCW 18.50.115 and WAC 246-834-250 must sign the form.
(f) Successfully complete courses on epidemiology and obstetric pharmacology from:
(i) An institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and included in their database of institutions on programs accredited by recognized United States accrediting organizations;
(ii) An institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and included in their database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs; or
(iii) A curriculum or program approved by the department.
(2) Applicants applying under this section who have a current CPM but do not meet all of the requirements listed in subsection (1)(c) through (f) of this section may apply to the department for a trainee permit under WAC 246-834-068. The trainee permit authorizes the applicant to complete subsection (1)(c) through (e) of this section, under the supervision of a preceptor as described in WAC 246-834-067.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.065, 18.50.135, and 18.50.040. WSR 15-20-049, § 246-834-066, filed 9/30/15, effective 10/31/15.]



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Preceptor for certified professional midwife (CPM) licensure program.

This section defines the role of a preceptor as used in WAC 246-834-066. A certified professional midwife (CPM) applicant for licensure as a midwife may use more than one preceptor to meet the requirements for licensure under WAC 246-834-066.
(1) A preceptor for clinical requirements including observed, managed, and assisted births, and prenatal and postpartum examinations must:
(a) Have a current Washington state license as a midwife under chapter 18.50 RCW, physician under chapter 18.71 RCW, osteopathic physician under chapter 18.57 RCW, or certified nurse midwife under chapter 18.79 RCW; and
(b) Have actively practiced obstetrics for at least three consecutive years or attended at least one hundred fifty births.
(2) A preceptor for legend drugs and devices must have a current Washington state credential and be, within his or her scope of practice, qualified to use and administer legend drugs and devices described in RCW 18.50.115 and WAC 246-834-250.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.065, 18.50.135, and 18.50.040. WSR 15-20-049, § 246-834-067, filed 9/30/15, effective 10/31/15.]



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Trainee permit for certified professional midwife (CPM) licensure program.

(1) The department may issue a trainee permit to a certified professional midwife (CPM) who has submitted an initial application to the department accompanied by a nonrefundable fee as specified in WAC 246-834-990.
(2) The CPM trainee permit authorizes the CPM to complete the licensure requirements outlined in WAC 246-834-066 (1)(c) through (e).
(3) A CPM trainee permit expires one year from the date of issuance. The department may extend the permit upon request to accommodate extenuating circumstances.
(4) The department may deny, modify or revoke a CPM trainee permit at any time if the department determines that patient safety, health or welfare may be in jeopardy or the trainee fails to comply with the requirements of this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.065, 18.50.135, and 18.50.040. WSR 15-20-049, § 246-834-068, filed 9/30/15, effective 10/31/15.]



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Examination failures.

(1) An applicant who has failed the NARM examination or the Washington state licensing examination, or both, shall retake and pass the examination(s) which he or she failed.
(2) The applicant who fails the Washington state licensing examination may sit for the reexamination if he or she:
(a) Applies to the department at least fourteen days prior to the next scheduled examination; and
(b) Pays the required fee as specified in WAC 246-834-990.
(3) An applicant who fails the NARM or Washington licensing examination three consecutive times shall submit evidence to the secretary of completion of an individualized program of study approved by the department prior to retaking the examination.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-080, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.060. WSR 99-03-064, § 246-834-080, filed 1/18/99, effective 2/18/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-080, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-080, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-080, filed 9/21/82.]



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Secretary accredited midwifery programs.

The secretary accepts midwifery education programs that meet the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) standards and competencies established in 2014 as accredited and approved courses of instruction.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-135, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17.]



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Eligibility for state licensing examination.

Candidates for the state licensing examination shall meet the following conditions, unless applying under WAC 246-834-066 Certified professional midwife (CPM) licensure requirements:
(1) Midwifery training shall be at least three academic years, and shall consist of both didactic and clinical instruction sufficient to meet the educational standards of the school and this section. However, the length of required training may be shortened, but not to less than two academic years, after consideration of the student's documented education and experience in the required subjects, if the applicant is a registered nurse or practical nurse licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW, or has had previous nursing education or practical midwifery experience.
(2) The applicant must receive instruction in the following educational areas:
(a) Basic sciences (including biology, physiology, microbiology, anatomy with emphasis on female reproductive anatomy, genetics and embryology), normal and abnormal obstetrics and gynecology, family planning techniques, childbirth education, nutrition both during pregnancy and lactation, breast feeding, neonatology, epidemiology, community care, and medicolegal aspects of midwifery; and
(b) Basic nursing skills and clinical skills including, but not limited to, vital signs, perineal prep, catheterization, aseptic techniques, administration of medications both orally and by injection, local infiltration for anesthesia, venipuncture, administration of intravenous fluids, infant and adult resuscitation, and charting.
(3) The applicant must undertake the care of not less than one hundred women in the intrapartum period. No less than fifteen of the one hundred women must be cared for in the intrapartum period while the applicant was enrolled in the school from which the student graduates.
(a) The applicant shall submit to the department documentation of attendance at one hundred births of which:
(i) At least thirty births where the applicant was the primary attendant under supervision of a qualified attendant;
(ii) At least twenty births where the applicant directly assisted;
(iii) At least fifty births that the applicant observed in addition to births counted in (d)(i) and (ii) of this subsection; and
(iv) Documentation for (a)(i) through (iii) of this subsection must include at least the date, client identifier, the applicants role at each birth, and the signature or initials of the qualified attendant at the birth of either: A licensed midwife, a CPM preceptor, a certified nurse midwife, or a practitioner licensed by their state or jurisdiction to provide maternity care. The applicant shall submit to the department the name and contact information of each signatory, if available. The department may approve exceptions to the required documentation in this subsection.
(b) The applicant shall submit to the department documentation of prenatal care examinations of fifty women and early postpartum care examinations of fifty women. The same women need not be seen for both examinations.
(i) No less than fifteen women must be cared for in the prenatal and postpartum periods while enrolled in the school from which the student graduates.
(ii) Documentation must include at least the date, client identifier, and the signature or initials of the qualified attendant at the care examination of either: A licensed midwife, a CPM preceptor, a certified nurse midwife, or a practitioner licensed by their state or jurisdiction to provide maternity care. The applicant must submit to the department the name and contact information of each signatory, if available. The department may approve exceptions to the required documentation in this subsection.
(4) The applicant shall demonstrate competency in the use and administration of legend drugs and devices described in WAC 246-834-250. The applicant shall submit documentation of competency to the department on a department supplied form. A licensed health care professional who, within his or her scope of practice, is qualified in the use and administration of legend drugs and devices described in RCW 18.50.115 and WAC 246-834-250 must sign the form.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-140, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-140, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-140, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 87-21-011 (Order PM 686), § 308-115-140, filed 10/9/87; WSR 85-23-044 (Order PL 566), § 308-115-140, filed 11/18/85; WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-140, filed 9/21/82.]



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Student midwife permit.

(1) A student midwife permit may be issued to any individual who has:
(a) Successfully completed an accredited midwifery program as specified in WAC 246-834-135, or is foreign trained as specified in WAC 246-834-065(1);
(b) Obtained a minimum period of midwifery training of at least three academic years as required by WAC 246-834-140;
(c) Met the minimum education requirements required in WAC 246-834-140 (2)(a) and (b);
(d) Documentation of undertaking the care of not less than fifty women in each of the prenatal, intrapartum and early postpartum periods as required by RCW 18.50.040 (2)(c);
(e) Satisfactorily completed the NARM examination required by WAC 246-834-050; and
(f) Filed a completed application for student midwife permit under WAC 246-834-060 and accompanied by a nonrefundable fee as specified in WAC 246-834-990.
(2) The student midwife permit authorizes the individuals to practice and observe women in the intrapartum period under the supervision of a licensed midwife under 18.50 RCW, an allopathic physician under chapter 18.71 RCW, an osteopathic physician under chapter 18.57 RCW or certified nurse midwife under chapter 18.79 RCW.
(3) Once all application requirements including clinical components are completed the applicant may be eligible to sit for the Washington state licensure examination.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-160, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.045. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-834-160, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-160, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 82-19-079 (Order PL 406), § 308-115-160, filed 9/21/82.]



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Legend drugs and devices.

(1) Licensed midwives may purchase and use legend drugs and devices as follows:
(a) Dopplers, syringes, needles, phlebotomy equipment, sutures, urinary catheters, intravenous equipment, amnihooks, airway suction devices, electronic fetal monitors, tocodynamometer monitors, oxygen and associated equipment, glucose monitoring systems and testing strips, neonatal pulse oximetry equipment, hearing screening equipment, and centrifuges;
(b) Nitrous oxide as an analgesic, self-administered inhalant in a 50 percent blend with oxygen, and associated equipment, including a scavenging system;
(c) Neonatal and adult resuscitation equipment and medication, including airway devices and epinephrine for neonates.
(2) Pharmacies may issue breast pumps, compression stockings and belts, maternity belts, diaphragms and cervical caps, glucometers and testing strips, iron supplements, prenatal vitamins, and recommended vaccines as specified in subsection (3)(e) through (j) of this section ordered by licensed midwives.
(3) In addition to prophylactic ophthalmic medication, postpartum oxytocic, vitamin K, Rho (D) immune globulin, and local anesthetic medications as listed in RCW 18.50.115, licensed midwives may obtain and administer the following medications:
(a) Intravenous fluids limited to Lactated Ringers, 5% Dextrose with Lactated Ringers, and 0.9% sodium chloride;
(b) Sterile water for intradermal injections for pain relief;
(c) Magnesium sulfate for prevention of maternal seizures pending transport;
(d) Epinephrine for use in maternal anaphylaxis and resuscitation and neonatal resuscitation, pending transport;
(e) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to nonimmune postpartum women;
(f) Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for use in pregnancy;
(g) Hepatitis B (HBV) birth dose for any newborn administration;
(h) HBIG and HBV for any neonates born to hepatitis B+ mothers;
(i) Influenza vaccine for use in pregnancy;
(j) Any vaccines recommended by the CDC advisory committee on immunization practices for pregnant or postpartum people or infants in the first two weeks after birth, as it existed on the effective date of this section;
(k) Terbutaline to temporarily decrease contractions pending emergent intrapartal transport;
(l) Antibiotics for intrapartum prophylaxis of Group B beta hemolytic Streptococcus (GBS) per current CDC guidelines; and
(m) Antihemorrhagic drugs to control postpartum hemorrhage including, but not limited to, oxytocin, misoprostol, methylergonovine maleate (oral or intramuscular), and prostaglandin F2 alpha.
(4) The client's records must contain documentation of all medications administered.
(5) The midwife must have a procedure, policy or guideline for the use of each drug and device. A midwife may not administer a legend drug or use a legend device for which he or she is not qualified by education, training, and experience.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.115. WSR 19-15-005, § 246-834-250, filed 7/5/19, effective 8/5/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.115. WSR 05-06-118, § 246-834-250, filed 3/2/05, effective 4/2/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-250, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.040(3) and 18.50.115. WSR 88-12-040 (Order PM 732), § 308-115-250, filed 5/27/88.]



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Elements of care for the newborn.

The customary scope of care of a newborn up to two weeks of age by a licensed midwife includes, but is not limited to, clinical assessment, treatment, education, support and referral as described in this section. Newborn care shall not go beyond the scope of the midwife's education, training and experience.
(1) Immediate newborn care includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration (APGAR) assessment;
(b) Stabilization and monitoring of the newborn for a minimum of two hours postpartum;
(c) Early initiation and facilitation of breast or bottle feeding;
(d) Complete physical examination;
(e) Education for parents regarding care and monitoring of the normal newborn; and
(f) Physician consultation, referral and/or transfer of care in the event of significant deviations from normal.
(2) Other support may include:
(a) Neonatal resuscitation; and
(b) Legend drugs and devices allowed in RCW 18.50.115 and WAC 246-834-250.
(3) Subsequent care may include, but is not limited to:
(a) Evaluating the newborn for well-being such as jaundice, weight loss, and adequate feeding and elimination patterns;
(b) Newborn metabolic screening per RCW 70.83.020;
(c) Critical congenital heart disease screening per RCW 70.83.090;
(d) Lactation care and services; and
(e) Consultation and/or referral to pediatric care for any significant deviation from normal.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-255, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17.]



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License renewal.

A licensed midwife must renew their license every year on his or her birthday. To renew a license, a licensed midwife shall comply with the requirements in:
(1) RCW 18.50.102 License renewal;
(2) RCW 18.50.108 Written plan for consultation, emergency transfer, and transport;
(3) WAC 246-12-030 How to renew a credential;
(4) WAC 246-834-355 Continuing education;
(5) WAC 246-834-360 Quality improvement program;
(6) WAC 246-834-370 Data submission; and
(7) WAC 246-834-990 Midwifery fees and renewal cycle.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.102 and 18.50.135. WSR 15-24-092, § 246-834-345, filed 11/30/15, effective 12/31/15.]



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Continuing education.

(1) A licensed midwife shall complete thirty hours of continuing education (CE) every three years and must comply with chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7. CE course work must contribute to the professional knowledge and development of the licensed midwife.
(a) A minimum of twenty-five hours must be directly related to the clinical practice of midwifery.
(b) Any remaining hours may be in professional development activities that enhance the practice of the licensed midwife.
(2) A licensed midwife shall obtain CE hours through one or more of the categories listed below. Documentation for all activities must include licensee's name, date of activity, and number of hours. Additional specific documentation is defined below:
(a) Acceptable CE course work. A minimum of ten hours is required per reporting period in acceptable CE course work. For the purposes of this section, acceptable CE course work means courses offered or authorized by industry recognized local, state, private, national and international organizations, agencies or institutions of higher learning. The department will not authorize or approve specific CE courses. The required documentation for this category is a certificate or documentation of attendance.
(b) Course work or classes offered by an accredited college or university. The course work must provide skills and knowledge beyond entry-level skills. The required documentation for this category is a transcript or documentation of attendance. A maximum of ten hours is allowed per reporting period for this category.
(c) Research, writing, or teaching. The required documentation for this category is a two page synopsis for each activity written by the licensee. A maximum of fifteen hours is allowed per reporting period for this category.
(d) Documented self-study or life experience. The required documentation for this category is a two page synopsis of each activity written by the licensee. A maximum of five hours is allowed per reporting period for this category.
(e) Serving on a professional board, committee, disciplinary panel, or association. The required documentation for this category is a letter or other documentation from the organization. A maximum of five hours is allowed per reporting period for this category.
(f) Professional manuscript review. The required documentation for this category is a letter from the publishing organization verifying review of the manuscript. A maximum of ten hours is allowed per reporting period for this category.
(g) Professional conference or workshop. The required documentation for this category is a certificate or documentation of attendance. A maximum of ten hours is allowed per reporting period for this category.
(3) Continuing education credit will not be given for the following:
(a) A cardiopulmonary resuscitation course;
(b) A neonatal resuscitation course; or
(c) Participation in data submission on perinatal outcomes.
(4) Verification of completion of continuing competency hours will begin on January 1, 2019.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.102 and 18.50.135. WSR 15-24-092, § 246-834-355, filed 11/30/15, effective 12/31/15.]



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Quality improvement program.

(1) As a condition of renewing a license, a licensed midwife shall:
(a) Participate in a Washington state coordinated quality improvement program peer review process that complies with the requirements in RCW 43.70.510.
(b) Attest every two years that the midwife has completed peer review for a minimum of five of the midwife's clinical cases over the course of those two years.
(2) A midwife may be excused from or granted an extension of participation in a peer review process due to illness or other extenuating circumstances. The department, upon request, will determine if the requirements may be waived or if an extension may be granted.
(3) For auditing purposes, written confirmation of participation in a peer review process from the approved coordinated quality improvement program shall suffice. The midwife must keep her/his participation records; records must not be sent to the department.
(4) Verification of completion of participation in a peer review process will begin on January 1, 2018.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.102 and 18.50.135. WSR 15-24-092, § 246-834-360, filed 11/30/15, effective 12/31/15.]



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Data submission.

(1) As a condition of renewing a license, a licensed midwife shall report data on all courses of care for every mother and newborn under the midwife's care to a national or state research organization approved by the department. If the mother declines to participate in the collection of data, the midwife shall follow the protocol of the approved national or state research organization.
(2) The licensed midwife shall verify compliance by submitting an attestation to the department annually with the license renewal.
(3) For auditing purposes, written confirmation of full participation in data collection from the approved state or national research organization shall suffice.
(4) The midwife must keep her/his data and participation records; data and participation records will not be submitted directly to the department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.102 and 18.50.135. WSR 15-24-092, § 246-834-370, filed 11/30/15, effective 12/31/15.]



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Expired license.

(1) If a midwife's license under this chapter has been expired for less than three years, to reinstate the license the practitioner shall meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(2) If a midwife's license under this chapter has expired and the practitioner has been engaged in the active practice of midwifery in another United States jurisdiction or territory, or other location approved by the department, to reinstate the license the practitioner shall:
(a) Submit verification of active practice; and
(b) Meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(3) If a midwife's license under this chapter has been expired for three years or more but less than five years at time of application, and the practitioner has not been actively engaged in midwifery, the practitioner shall:
(a) Work as a birth assistant under the supervision of a department-approved preceptor for a minimum of ten births; and
(b) Meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(4) If a midwife's license under this chapter has been expired for more than five years at time of application, and the practitioner has not been actively engaged in midwifery, the practitioner shall:
(a) Work as a birth assistant under the supervision of a department-approved preceptor for a minimum of fifteen births;
(b) Retake and successfully pass the Washington state licensing examination; and
(c) Meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(5) A proposed preceptor shall:
(a) Hold an active license without restriction, current discipline, or conditions as a midwife under chapter 18.50 RCW, a certified nurse midwife under chapter 18.79 RCW, an allopathic physician under chapter 18.71 RCW, or an osteopathic physician under chapter 18.57 RCW;
(b) Have actively practiced at least three consecutive years or attended at least one hundred fifty births; and
(c) Have demonstrated ability and skill to provide safe, quality care.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.115. WSR 19-15-005, § 246-834-400, filed 7/5/19, effective 8/5/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-400, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-834-400, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98.]



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Inactive license.

(1) A licensed midwife may obtain an inactive license by meeting the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 4.
(2) An inactive license must be renewed every year on the midwife's birthday according to WAC 246-12-100 and by paying the fee required under WAC 246-834-990.
(3) A midwife with an inactive license may return to active status.
(a) A midwife with an inactive license for three years or less who wishes to return to active status must meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 4.
(b) A midwife with an inactive license for more than three years, who has been in active practice in another United States jurisdiction or territory or other location approved by the department and wishes to return to active status must:
(i) Submit verification of active practice; and
(ii) Meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 4.
(c) A midwife with an inactive license for more than three years but less than five, who has not been in active practice and wishes to return to active status must:
(i) Work as a birth assistant under the supervision of a department-approved preceptor for a minimum of ten births; and 
(ii) Meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 4.
(d) A midwife with an inactive license for more than five years who has not been in active practice and wishes to return to active status must:
(i) Work as a birth assistant under the supervision of a department-approved preceptor for a minimum of fifteen births;
(ii) Retake and successfully pass the Washington state licensing examination; and
(iii) Meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 4.
(4) A proposed preceptor shall:
(a) Hold an active license without restriction, current discipline, or conditions as a midwife under chapter 18.50 RCW, a certified nurse midwife under chapter 18.79 RCW, an allopathic physician under chapter 18.71 RCW, or an osteopathic physician under chapter 18.57 RCW;
(b) Have actively practiced at least three consecutive years or attended at least one hundred fifty births; and
(c) Have demonstrated ability and skill to provide safe, quality care.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.115. WSR 19-15-005, § 246-834-450, filed 7/5/19, effective 8/5/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-450, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17.]



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Midwifery fees and renewal cycle.

(1) Licenses must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(2) The following fees are nonrefundable:
Title of Fee
Fee
Initial application
$525.00
State examination (initial/retake)
155.00
Renewal
525.00
Late renewal penalty
265.00
Duplicate license
10.00
Verification of license
25.00
Expired license reissuance
300.00
UW online access fee (HEAL-WA)
16.00
Student midwife permit
175.00
Inactive credential
250.00
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250 and 43.70.280. WSR 18-04-109, § 246-834-990, filed 2/6/18, effective 6/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.010, 18.50.040, 18.50.050, 18.50.135, and 2014 c 187. WSR 17-15-024, § 246-834-990, filed 7/7/17, effective 8/7/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.110 (3)(c) and 43.70.250. WSR 12-19-088, § 246-834-990, filed 9/18/12, effective 11/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.110 and 43.70.112. WSR 11-19-098, § 246-834-990, filed 9/20/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.110, 43.70.250, and 2010 c 37. WSR 10-19-071, § 246-834-990, filed 9/16/10, effective 10/15/10. Statutory Authority: 2006 c 372, RCW 43.70.250 and 18.50.135. WSR 06-13-012, § 246-834-990, filed 6/9/06, effective 7/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250, [43.70.]280 and 43.70.110. WSR 05-12-012, § 246-834-990, filed 5/20/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250 and 18.50.135. WSR 04-22-113, § 246-834-990, filed 11/3/04, effective 2/17/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250, 2001 2nd sp.s. c 7 and RCW 18.50.102. WSR 01-23-101, § 246-834-990, filed 11/21/01, effective 1/21/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.102 and 43.70.250. WSR 98-11-069, § 246-834-990, filed 5/19/98, effective 7/13/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 91-13-002 (Order 173), § 246-834-990, filed 6/6/91, effective 7/7/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-990, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 90-04-094 (Order 029), § 308-115-405, filed 2/7/90, effective 3/10/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135. WSR 89-08-008 (Order PM 827), § 308-115-405, filed 3/24/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.24.086. WSR 87-18-031 (Order PM 667), § 308-115-405, filed 8/27/87. Statutory Authority: 1983 c 168 § 12. WSR 83-17-031 (Order PL 442), § 308-115-405, filed 8/10/83. Formerly WAC 308-115-400.]