Press Release

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II


CONTACT: Sue Nigra, Director of Communications
         ; (518) 436-3461

ACOG District II Statement on

Midwife Reform Bill Signed into Law

Albany, NY - August 3, 2010 - The New York State Chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, (ACOG District II) is expressing concern that the Midwifery Modernization Act (S.5007/A.8117) has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

The law repeals the requirement for a written practice agreement between licensed midwives and obstetricians or hospitals that provide obstetric services.

Maximizing the safety of mothers and newborns should be encouraged in any birthing setting and with any maternity care provider. At any time during pregnancy and the birth process women may encounter complications requiring a change of provider or setting; thus an integrated care system must facilitate timely communication and transfer or collaborative management of care as appropriate.

Obstetricians and midwives should continue to collaborate in the care of pregnant women. When such collaboration occurs, there should be a clear mechanism for consultation, collaboration and referral based on the individual needs of the patient.

The maternity care team should develop policies and procedures to promote integration of care. The overall goal is safe maternity care throughout New York State. That goal can best be achieved with the maintenance of excellent educational and practice standards and by facilitating and promoting collaborative practice.


The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II (ACOG) represents the board certified obstetrician-gynecologists in the state who deliver health care to New York's women.  Our Albany office offers the New York State Legislature its resources as a scientific and educational organization dedicated to quality health care for women.  To learn more about ACOG, visit


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