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Seeking Public Comment for Board of Direct Entry Midwifery Proposed Rule Changes

Monday, August 10, 2020

​The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery, under the Health Licensing Office, has filed proposed Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) with the Oregon Secretary of State for publication in the August 2020, Oregon Bulletin. The rule change repeals OAR 332-020-0017, and amends OAR 332-025-0021. This proposed change repeals renewal requirements pertaining to the Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project (MANAStats) reporting, revises risk indication criteria for births performed by licensed direct entry midwives, and fixes scrivener's errors.

Public comment regarding the proposed rules will be taken from August 1 to September 15, 2020 at 12 p.m. noon. Comments must be submitted in writing and can be sent via email to Samie Patnode at:, or sent via postal mail to:

Attn: Samie Patnode
Health Licensing Office
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180

Salem, OR 97301-2192

Public Hearing: To limit exposure and spread of the COVID-19 virus and adhere to the Governor's social distancing requirements, the public hearing is being held via telephone conference call only. The public hearing will be held on Monday, August 24, 2020, from 9 to 11 a.m. If you would like to listen to the public hearing or provide comment, please follow the directions listed below:

  • Approximately five minutes prior to the start of the hearing, dial 1-877-336-1831.
  • Enter 4589476 for the participant pass code.
  • The teleconference system will notify you that you are connected to the call.
  • Each person wanting to comment is also asked to email, noting their attendance and if they want to provide comment.

Comments will not be accepted, nor considered, if received after 12 p.m. on August 28, 2020. The proposed rule language is expected to become permanent effective October 1, 2020.

The Board's current laws and administrative rules can be found from the homepage of the Health Licensing Office.

For more information or to request alternative formats, please call Samie Patnode at (503) 373-1917, or email


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