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ORS 687.470
State Board of Direct Entry Midwifery

  • establishment
  • appointment
  • confirmation
  • membership
  • compensation and expenses


There is established within the Health Licensing Office the State Board of Direct Entry Midwifery. The board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate in the manner provided in ORS 171.562 (Procedures for confirmation) and 171.565 (Vote required for confirmation). All members of the board must be residents of this state. Of the members of the board:


Four must be licensed direct entry midwives.


One must be a certified nurse midwife.


One must be a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677 involved at the time of appointment in obstetrical care or education.


One must be a member of the public.


(a) Board members required to be licensed direct entry midwives may be selected by the Governor from a list of three to five nominees for each vacancy, submitted by a professional organization representing direct entry midwives.


In selecting the members of the board, the Governor shall strive to balance the representation on the board according to:


Geographic areas of this state; and


Ethnic group.


(a) The term of office of each member is three years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The terms must be staggered so that no more than three terms end each year. Vacancies shall be filled by the Governor by appointment for the unexpired term. A member shall hold the member’s office until the appointment and qualification of a successor. A member is eligible for reappointment. If a person serves two consecutive full terms, a period of at least three years must elapse before the person is again eligible for appointment to serve on the board.


A board member shall be removed immediately from the board if, during the member’s term, the member:


Is not a resident of this state;


Has been absent from three consecutive board meetings, unless at least one absence is excused; or


Is not a licensed direct entry midwife or a retired direct entry midwife who was a licensed direct entry midwife in good standing at the time of retirement, if the board member was appointed to serve on the board as a direct entry midwife.


Members of the board are entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). The office may provide by rule for compensation to board members for the performance of official duties at a rate that is greater than the rate provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). [1993 c.362 §2; 1999 c.885 §23; 1999 c.990 §1; 2005 c.648 §38; 2009 c.535 §24; 2009 c.701 §23a; 2011 c.650 §6; 2013 c.568 §58]


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