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Midwives pay the highest licensing fee of any healthcare profession. Next year, the fee is likely to be over $3000 for a one year license. By contrast, physicians pay $330, dentists $230, registered nurses $50. The current law says that each healthcare profession must fund its own regulatory affairs at the Department of Health. With only 90 licensed midwives in the state, the burden of supporting a department is huge and growing. As the license fees go up each year, more midwives quit, leaving fewer midwives to pay the fees the next year. If this trend continues, out-of-hospital midwifery will become financially impossible.
There is a proposal--House Bill 1667--that is going through the legislative process in
This bill offers a permanent, fair solution to the licensing problem. The full text of the bill can be found at http://apps.
How You Can Help
To find out who your state senator/representat
You can also help by supporting the Midwives Association of Washington State, the group that works tirelessly on many fronts to preserve midwifery. http://www.washingt