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§ 8-6C-01. Definitions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth OccupationsEffective: June 1, 2015

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health Occupations (Refs & Annos)
Title 8. Nurses (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 6c. Licensed Direct-Entry Midwives (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2015
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 8-6C-01
§ 8-6C-01. Definitions
In general
(a) In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b) “ACME” means the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, or a successor organization that is an accrediting agency for nurse-midwifery and direct-entry midwifery education programs and is approved by the United States Department of Education.
(c) “AIMM” means the Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland or a successor organization that is a professional organization representing independent midwives in the State.
(d) “Board” means the State Board of Nursing.
(e) “Committee” means the Direct-Entry Midwifery Advisory Committee established under § 8-6C-11 of this subtitle.
Health care practitioner
(f) “Health care practitioner” means:
(1) An individual certified as a nurse-midwife or a nurse practitioner under this title; or
(2) A physician licensed under Title 14 of this article.
Health care provider
(g)(1) “Health care provider” means a health care practitioner or a hospital.
(2) “Health care provider” includes agents or employees of a health care practitioner or a hospital.
(h) “Hospital” has the meaning stated in § 19-301 of the Health--General Article.
(i) “License” means, unless the context requires otherwise, a license issued by the Board to practice direct-entry midwifery.
Licensed direct-entry midwife
(j)(1) “Licensed direct-entry midwife” means an individual who has been granted a license under this subtitle to practice direct-entry midwifery.
(2) “Licensed direct-entry midwife” does not include a licensed nurse certified as a nurse-midwife under this title.
Low-risk pregnancy
(k) “Low-risk pregnancy” means a pregnancy, labor, and delivery and postpartum, newborn, and interconceptional care that does not include a condition that requires a mandatory transfer under § 8-6C-03.
(l) “MEAC” means the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council, or a successor organization that is a national accreditation agency for midwifery education approved by the United States Department of Education.
(m) “NARM” means the North American Registry of Midwives, or a successor organization that is an international certification agency that establishes and administers certification for the certified professional midwife credential.
(n)(1) “Patient” means a woman for whom a licensed direct-entry midwife performs services.
(2) “Patient” includes a woman's newborn for the purpose of perinatal or postpartum care.
Postpartum period
(o) “Postpartum period” means the first 6 weeks after delivery.
Practice direct-entry midwifery
(p)(1) “Practice direct-entry midwifery” means:
(i) Providing maternity care that is consistent with a midwife's training, education, and experience; and
(ii) Identifying and referring patients who require medical care to an appropriate health care provider.
(2) “Practice direct-entry midwifery” includes the activities described in § 8-6C-02 of this subtitle.


Added by Acts 2015, c. 393, § 1, eff. June 1, 2015.
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 8-6C-01, MD HEALTH OCCUP § 8-6C-01
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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