Midwifery in Kansas is legal.
In March of 1996 the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Michelle Ruebke and the practice of midwifery stating that "midwifery is separate and distinct from the practice of medicine." The court generously referred to "the historically separate practice of midwifery" and it's use of "traditional and timehonored techniques" as "not the practice of medicine or surgery even if some of these techniques fit within the technical definition of the practice of medicine or surgery." Additionally, the court wisely pointed out, "In their ordinary usage, the terms in KSA 652802(a) used to define the healing arts clearly and unequivocally focus on pathologies and abnormal human conditions. Pregnancy and childbirth are neither pathologies nor abnormalities." Way to go Kansas Supreme Court!
There are a number of midwives in Kansas working in various settings: homes, birth center and hospital. Doulas and childbirth educators are also practicing in the state.
Contact: Rebecca A. Dean, CPM
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