Lay Midwives Seek to Expand Scope of Practice in SC

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has begun public hearings regarding potential changes to the state’s lay midwifery laws. This comes on the heels of failed legislation that would have required that Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) be supervised by licensed obstetricians in order to practice in the state. The proposed law would have allowed one obstetrician to supervise up to two CPMs.

CPMs typically attend home births and are not licensed to practice in North Carolina.

Now that the South Carolina Legislature has adjourned, CPMs are encouraging the Department to expand their scope of practice to include suturing and administering injections. Read more about this issue by visiting The State online.