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(4) that offers prenatal care and community education
services and coordinates these services with other health
care services available in the community; and
(5) that does not provide general anesthesia or
"Certified nurse midwife" means an advanced practice
registered nurse licensed in Illinois under the Nurse Practice
Act with full practice authority or who is delegated such
authority as part of a written collaborative agreement with a
physician who is associated with the birthing center or who
has privileges at a nearby birthing hospital.
"Department" means the Illinois Department of Public
"Hospital" does not include places where pregnant females
are received, cared for, or treated during delivery if it is in
a licensed birth center, nor include any facility required to
be licensed as a birth center.
"Licensed certified professional midwife" means a person
who has successfully met the requirements under Section 45 of
the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act and
holds an active license to practice as a licensed certified
professional midwife in Illinois.
"Physician" means a physician licensed to practice
medicine in all its branches in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 102-518, eff. 8-20-21.)
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(210 ILCS 170/25)
(a) A birth center shall have a clinical director, who may
(1) a physician who is either certified or eligible
for certification by the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists or the American Board of Osteopathic
Obstetricians and Gynecologists or has hospital
obstetrical privileges; or
a certified nurse midwife.
(b) The clinical director shall be responsible for:
(1) the development of policies and procedures for
services as provided by Department rules;
(2) coordinating the clinical staff and overall
provision of patient care;
(3) developing and approving policies defining the
criteria to determine which pregnancies are accepted as
normal, uncomplicated, and low-risk; and
(4) developing and approving policing regarding the
anesthesia services available at the center.
(c) An obstetrician, family practitioner,
, or licensed certified professional midwife
shall attend each person in labor from the time of admission
through birth and throughout the immediate postpartum period.
Attendance may be delegated only to another physician
certified nurse midwife
, or a licensed certified professional
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(d) A second staff person shall be present at each birth
(1) is licensed or certified in Illinois in a
health-related field and under the supervision of a
a certified nurse midwife
, or a licensed
certified professional midwife
who is in attendance;
(2) has specialized training in labor and delivery
techniques and care of newborns; and
(3) receives planned and ongoing training as needed to
perform assigned duties effectively.
(Source: P.A. 102-518, eff. 8-20-21.)".