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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2867        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2369


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Kay Khan


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An act relative to enhancing the practice of nurse midwives.






Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger


Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

James B. Eldridge


Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen


Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Mark C. Montigny


Richard T. Moore


James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex

Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

David M. Torrisi

14th Essex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2867        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2369

By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2369) of Kay Khan and others relative to certified professional midwives and enhancing the practice of nurse-midwives.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An act relative to enhancing the practice of nurse midwives.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Section 1: Subsection (g) of said section 7 of chapter 94C 8 of the general laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the third paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:


              The commissioner shall promulgate regulations which provide for the registration of certified nurse-midwives,as provided in section 80G of chapter 112, to issue written prescriptions in accordance with regulations as provided for in section 80B of chapter 112. Prior to promulgating such regulations, the commissioner shall consult with the board of registration in nursing and the board of registration in medicine with regard to those schedules of controlled substances for which certified nurse-midwives may be registered.

              SECTION 2. Section 80C of chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby repealed.


              SECTION 3. Said chapter 112, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking out section 80G and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

              Section 80G. A nurse authorized to practice as a certified nurse-midwife

              may order and interpret tests, therapeutics and prescribe medications in accordance with regulations promulgated by the board and subject to the provisions of subsection (g) of section 7 of chapter 94C.”

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