WSR 02-17-052

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed August 15, 2002, 9:55 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-834-XXX Midwifery standards of practice.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.130.050(12).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Midwifery practice as defined by law is very general. Practice standards will further define what is expected of midwives and help eliminate mistakes, better protecting mothers and babies. In addition, if midwives are following standards, it could eliminate initial reports.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making. A public rules writing workshop will be held with interested members of the public. An invitation will be mailed to all licensed midwives, approved midwifery programs, all persons who have conveyed interest in this subject, all persons on the committee meeting mailing list and all associations and state offices which have a possible interest in this subject.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kendra Pitzler, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, phone (360) 236-4723, fax (360) 236-4738, e-mail kendra.pitzler@doh.wa.gov.

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office