|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 20, 2014||committed to rules|
|May 28, 2014||advanced to third reading|
|May 21, 2014||2nd report cal.|
|May 20, 2014||1st report cal.871|
|Apr 29, 2014||referred to health|
senate Bill S7121
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7121 (ACTIVE) - Details
S7121 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7121 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to midwifery birth centers PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To authorize midwife-led birth centers SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill amends Article 28 of the Public Health Law to authorize midwifery birth centers. The Commissioner of Health will issue regulations relating to their establishment, construction and operation, using state and national professional association standards in consultation with industry and midwives. Services would be by or under the supervision of a physician or midwife, and all in accordance with Education Law practice rules. JUSTIFICATION: Midwifery birth centers are accredited by the American Association of Birth Centers, which provides quality-control standards and guidelines. They offer high quality, individualized, cost-effective care to promote optimum pregnancy outcomes. They encourage family-centered maternity and neonatal care, and promote and support breastfeeding. Birth centers operated by midwives consistently have low cesarean-section rates, fewer labor inductions, and successful parent bonding and breastfeeding without prolonged separation.
S7121 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7121 I N S E N A T E April 29, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to midwifery birth centers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 2801 of the public health law, as separately amended by chapters 297 and 416 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows: 1. "Hospital" means a facility or institution engaged principally in providing services by or under the supervision of a physician or, in the case of a dental clinic or dental dispensary, of a dentist, OR, IN THE CASE OF A MIDWIFERY BIRTH CENTER, OF A MIDWIFE, for the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition, including, but not limited to, a general hospital, public health center, diagnostic center, treatment center, dental clin- ic, dental dispensary, rehabilitation center other than a facility used solely for vocational rehabilitation, nursing home, tuberculosis hospi- tal, chronic disease hospital, maternity hospital, MIDWIFERY BIRTH CENTER, lying-in-asylum, out-patient department, out-patient lodge, dispensary and a laboratory or central service facility serving one or more such institutions, but the term hospital shall not include an institution, sanitarium or other facility engaged principally in provid- ing services for the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of mental disa- bility and which is subject to the powers of visitation, examination, inspection and investigation of the department of mental hygiene except for those distinct parts of such a facility which provide hospital service. The provisions of this article shall not apply to a facility or institution engaged principally in providing services by or under the supervision of the bona fide members and adherents of a recognized reli- gious organization whose teachings include reliance on spiritual means through prayer alone for healing in the practice of the religion of such organization and where services are provided in accordance with those teachings. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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