Missouri law prohibits physicians from aiding or encouraging an unlicensed person to practice medicine, and such actions can lead to the revocation of a physician's license by the state Board of Registration for the Healing Arts [official website]. Practicing midwifery in Missouri was previously a class-C felony that could be punished by up to seven years in prison, but the ruling allows all certified midwives to legally practice in the state. Certified Nurse Midwives, who have training in both nursing and midwifery, can be licensed in all states but usually must practice in association with a physician. Direct-entry midwives [state legal comparison chart] do not have to have formal training and usually do not have to practice in association with a physician, but they are prohibited in 10 states and not legally regulated in four others. AP has more. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has local coverage.
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