The Medical Board of California has recently received several inquiries regarding
the provisions of Section 2514 of the Business and Professions Code and the practice
of midwifery by a student.
Section 2514 states:
Most of these inquiries involve individuals who may have executed a formal agreement
to be supervised by a licensed midwife but are not enrolled in any approved midwifery
education program. In some cases, the individual represents that he or she is “studying
midwifery on his or her own”. In either of these circumstances, the individual is
not a bona fide student because he or she is not formally enrolled
in a midwifery educational institution or a program of supervised midwifery clinical
training as part of the instruction of a three year postsecondary midwifery education
program approved by the board. A student must be formally enrolled at a midwifery
educational institution in order to participate in a program of supervised midwifery
clinical training that is offered by that educational institution. A written agreement
between a licensed midwife and a "student" does not qualify as a "program
of supervised clinical training" as the training is not part of the instruction
of a three year postsecondary midwifery education program approved by the board.
Accordingly, these types of arrangements are not permissible as they are not consistent
with the provisions of section 2514.