A bill that would decriminalize the practice of midwifery is on its way to the Alabama Senate after it was amended in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, May 10.
The amendment would require non-certified midwives to obtain liability insurance before they could practice in Alabama. The insurance would cover at least $100,000 per occurrence.
In addition to the liability insurance, the amendment would also require non-certified midwives to create an emergency plan with their clients if anything goes awry during the birth.
The debate between the committee members hinged upon the idea if midwives should be held liable if anything goes wrong with the patient they are serving. The bill in its original state would have allowed for midwives to be exempt from fault if there was an emergency during birth.