Senator Sandy Pappas Ushers Midwifery Bill to Bipartisan Passage in Senate

Legislation Will Ease Midwives’ Access to Necessary Medications

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Feb. 29, Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) ushered a bill to passage on the Senate floor which clarifies state statute around licensed midwives’ ability to obtain medications they use within the scope of their practice (SF 3546). The bill passed unanimously, 65-0.

“This legislation will remove a roadblock for licensed traditional midwives as they provide essential care to their patients,” said Senator Pappas. “I’m proud to have passed this bill with bipartisan support and ensure that these vital healthcare providers are able to access the medications their patients need.”

The bill clarifies existing statute to state that licensed traditional midwives may obtain and possess medications within the scope of their practice. Recently, several suppliers had stopped selling specific medications to midwives, even though statute states midwives may administer those medications. This created a significant barrier for midwives to obtain essential life-saving medications within their scope of practice, and today’s legislation is a step toward removing that barrier. 

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Sandy Pappas represents District 65, which includes portions of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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