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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )
  

CHAPTER 5. Medicine [2000 - 2525.5]

  ( Chapter 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1313, Sec. 2. )
  

ARTICLE 24. Licensed Midwives [2505 - 2523]
  ( Article 24 repealed and added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 1280, Sec. 3. )

  
2516.5.  

(a) As used in this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Midwife assistant” means a person, who may be unlicensed, who performs basic administrative, clerical, and midwife technical supportive services in accordance with this chapter for a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife, is at least 18 years of age, and has had at least the minimum amount of hours of appropriate training pursuant to standards established by the board for a medical assistant pursuant to Section 2069. The midwife assistant shall be issued a certificate by the training institution or instructor indicating satisfactory completion of the required training. Each employer of the midwife assistant or the midwife assistant shall retain a copy of the certificate as a record.

(2) “Midwife technical supportive services” means simple routine medical tasks and procedures that may be safely performed by a midwife assistant who has limited training and who functions under the supervision of a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife.

(3) “Specific authorization” means a specific written order prepared by the supervising midwife or supervising nurse-midwife authorizing the procedures to be performed on a patient, which shall be placed in the patient’s medical record, or a standing order prepared by the supervising midwife or supervising nurse-midwife authorizing the procedures to be performed. A notation of the standing order shall be placed in the patient’s medical record.

(4) “Supervision” means the supervision of procedures authorized by this section by a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife, within his or her scope of practice, who is physically present on the premises during the performance of those procedures.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a midwife assistant may do all of the following:

(1) Administer medication only by intradermal, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections and perform skin tests and additional technical support services upon the specific authorization and supervision of a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife. A midwife assistant may also perform all these tasks and services in a clinic licensed in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 1204 of the Health and Safety Code upon the specific authorization of a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife.

(2) Perform venipuncture or skin puncture for the purposes of withdrawing blood upon specific authorization and under the supervision of a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife, if the midwife assistant has met the educational and training requirements for medical assistants as established in Section 2070. Each employer of the assistant shall retain a copy of any related certificates as a record.

(3) Perform the following midwife technical support services:

(A) Administer medications orally, sublingually, topically, or rectally, or by providing a single dose to a patient for immediate self-administration, and administer oxygen at the direction of the supervising licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife. The licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife shall verify the correct medication and dosage before the midwife assistant administers medication.

(B) Assist in immediate newborn care when the licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife is engaged in a concurrent activity that precludes the licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife from doing so.

(C) Assist in placement of the device used for auscultation of fetal heart tones when a licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife is engaged in a concurrent activity that precludes the licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife from doing so.

(D) Collect by noninvasive techniques and preserve specimens for testing, including, but not limited to, urine.

(E) Assist patients to and from a patient examination room, bed, or bathroom.

(F) Assist patients in activities of daily living, such as assisting with bathing or clothing.

(G) As authorized by the licensed midwife or certified nurse-midwife, provide patient information and instructions.

(H) Collect and record patient data, including height, weight, temperature, pulse, respiration rate, blood pressure, and basic information about the presenting and previous conditions.

(I) Perform simple laboratory and screening tests customarily performed in a medical or midwife office.

(4) Perform additional midwife technical support services under regulations and standards established by the board.

(c) (1) Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing the licensure of midwife assistants. Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing the administration of local anesthetic agents by a midwife assistant. Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing the board to adopt any regulations that violate the prohibitions on diagnosis or treatment in Section 2052.

(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing a midwife assistant to perform any clinical laboratory test or examination for which he or she is not authorized under Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 1200).

(d) Notwithstanding any other law, a midwife assistant shall not be employed for inpatient care in a licensed general acute care hospital as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 280, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2016.)