Midwives Legalized

Midwives Legalized

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Over the objections of doctors, a House committee at the Utah Capitol voted to legalize the practice of midwifery.

Lawmakers fondly recalled the home births in their own families and voted nine-to-one in favor of midwives at the House Health and Human Services Committee.

The midwives could administer medication, one of the big objections of doctors.

They'd have to get training that doctors say is weak compared to their training, and they'd also have to get state certification.

State health and occupational licensing officials were neutral on House Bill 227.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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