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Bill Calls For Reporting Birth 'Adverse' Incidents

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Physicians, certified advanced registered nurse midwives and licensed midwives who attend at-home births or deliveries in birthing centers would be required to report to the state “adverse” medical incidents, under a bill the Senate considered Thursday.

Adverse medical incidents range from the death of a mother or infant to the transfer of an infant to a neonatal unit within 72 hours if the stay last three days or more.

The Senate took up the bill (SB 510), filed by Health Policy Chairwoman Dana Young, R-Tampa, and positioned it for a vote as soon as next week. A similar bill (HB 673) is ready for full House debate.