Midwives want Changes

August 18, 2003. - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  -- Lay midwives in Arkansas are asking the state Board of Health to make some changes in the regulations that govern how midwives must operate.

They say the state regulations in force since the 1980s sometimes get in the way of good care. The changes being sought by the lay midwives would be the first in more than a decade in the state's regulations.

They want to loosen what they consider rigid monitoring by the state Health Department.

Staff members of the state Health Department agree that the regulations could use some tweaking, but they don't want to give the state's 27 lay midwives too much freedom.

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