Licensed Midwife Annual Report Survey

The Medical Board of California (Board) is interested in obtaining your feedback regarding the reporting format of the Licensed Midwife Annual Report (LMAR).

The Midwifery Advisory Council (MAC) has discussed the need for revisions to the current reporting form and online tool during several past meetings. Based on these discussions, the Board has begun the process of reviewing the options to revise the reporting form and the online system to better meet the needs of licensed midwives.

Prior to the Board revising the LMAR, the Board is asking that you complete this brief survey. The results of the survey will provide the Board with a better understanding of how licensed midwives in California would like to report their data. This survey is in addition to the previous survey mailed to all licensed midwives in October 2016.

At this time, there are only two available options for how the LMAR reporting tool can be revised:

  • OPTION #1
    Continue to report data accumulatively at the end of each calendar year, as has been done since 2007. If this option is favorable to the midwifery community, Board staff will begin revising the system to add additional questions, prompts, and formatting, to allow for more reliable reporting and better ease of use. Data would continue to be submitted to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) who would then provide the Board with the annual summary at the end of the reporting period. Feedback from all interested parties would be welcomed prior to revising the system to ensure the reporting tool would meet the needs of all entities utilizing the summary of data available each year.
  • OPTION #2
    Report data prospectively throughout the year by entering client data as it becomes available. If this option is favorable to the midwifery community, Board staff will begin creating a new reporting system, similar to current nationally recognized research data registries like MANA Stats. Data would continue to be submitted to OSHPD who would then provide the Board with the annual summary at the end of the reporting period. Feedback from all interested parties would be welcomed prior to revising the system to ensure the reporting tool would meet the needs of all entities utilizing the summary of data available each year.

Based on the two options described above, please provide input on your preference for how you would like to report your annual outcomes: