As the sun set on March 31st, Governor Jay Inslee signed SSB 5765, turning our bill into law. This was a monumental day for Midwives across the state! To our knowledge, this officially signed bill, creating prescriptive authority pathway for licensed midwives that is autonomous and client-centered, is the first of its kind in the country. Licensed Midwives have accomplished the first critical step in a pathway to prescriptive authority. The next step will be rulemaking to clarify the eligibility and requirements for this authority — stay tuned for updates and a hosted Q&A with our team! This is a major milestone in our goal of creating a healthcare system in which Licensed Midwives can provide more comprehensive care for midwifery clients. We again want to thank Senator Emily Randall, our Lobbyist Amber Ulvenes, and our Legislative and Policy team for working so hard to get this bill passed and signed. We also want to thank all that supported us throughout this journey. We couldn't have done it without you, and we owe it to you all!
We have some exciting events in the works and cannot wait to share more details with you soon, so stay tuned for updates!