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Seeking Licensed Direct Entry Midwives to Serve as Subject Matter Experts

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is seeking licensed direct entry midwives to serve as subject matter experts (SMEs) for complaint investigations. A SME is an independent contractor who assists in investigations of and cases against Oregon direct entry midwives. SMEs may be called upon to assist the HLO in various ways, such as: working with a HLO investigator when investigating licensees, providing opinions about community standards, and competently testifying during hearings.

SMEs must be able to review and analyze client records, interview witnesses and licensees, testify at hearing, and draft investigatory reports. SMEs must also be knowledgeable about direct entry midwifery community standards. The ability to knowledgeabley apply community standards to facts is essential. SMEs must be able to respectfully interact with individuals holding different points of view.

At a minimum, SMEs must:

  • Hold an active midwifery license in Oregon,
  • Have maintained an active midwifery license for the past five years; and
  • Be in good standing with no current or pending disciplinary action.
SMEs are compensated at a rate of $65 per hour, including any necessary travel time. If interested in becoming a SME, please contact Bob Bothwell at​, or by calling (503) 373-2097.