In 2014 and 2015, the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery (Board) made several amendments to continuing education requirements, including:
• Require all licensed direct entry midwives (LDM) licensed prior to Jan. 1, 2016, to successfully complete eight hours of Group B Streptococcal (GBS) prophylaxis continuing education by their 2016 renewal. The eight hours of continuing education includes two hours in pharmacology and six hours in intravenous administration of antibiotics. Each LDM will attest to receiving the GBS continuing education and may be subject to audit requirements.
• Require individuals licensed after Jan. 1, 2016, to successfully complete the initial legend drugs and devices continuing education totaling 48 hours, which includes administration of intravenous antibiotics for Group B Streptococcal prophylaxis.
A letter and fact sheet regarding these changes has been sent out to all licensed direct entry midwives and should be arriving soon.