Licensed certified midwives; clarifies definition, licensure, etc. (HB1953)

Introduced By

Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensed certified midwives; licensure; practice. Defines "practice of licensed certified midwifery," directs the Boards of Medicine and Nursing to establish criteria for the licensure and renewal of a license as a certified midwife, and requires licensed certified midwives to practice in consultation with a licensed physician in accordance with a practice agreement. The bill also directs the Department of Health Professions to convene a work group to study the licensure and regulation of certified nurse midwives, certified midwives, and certified professional midwives to determine the appropriate licensing entity for such professionals. The bill requires the Department to report its findings and conclusions to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 1, 2021. This bill is identical to SB 1320. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102337D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1953)
01/14/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/15/2021Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/27/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
01/27/2021Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Committee amendment agreed to
01/29/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1953E
01/29/2021Printed as engrossed 21102337D-E
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1953E)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2021Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Committee substitute printed 21104461D-S1
02/11/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1953S1)
02/16/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200446D-S1
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/17/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104461D-S1
02/17/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1953S1
02/17/2021Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200446D-S1 (100-Y 0-N)
02/18/2021Placed on Calendar
02/18/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21104461D-S1 (100-Y 0-N)
02/18/2021VOTE: Adoption (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1953ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1953ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 200 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0200)