"An Act to Amend Chapters 65 and 66 of Title 33 of the Public Health Law of the Liberian Code of Laws Revised and to Grant Autonomy to the Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery in the Republic of Liberia"
Section 66.3 of the Public Health Law are hereby amended to read as follows:
66.2 Definitions of Practice of Midwifery
A person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational program duly recognized in the country in which it is located, has been educated and trained to proficiency in the essential competencies for basic midwifery practice and demonstrated competency in the practice of midwifery and is legally permitted to use the title:
The autonomous provision of support, care and advice in partnership with women to promote self-care and health of mothers before, during pregnancy, labor and following delivery and postpartum.
- Practice of Midwifery
The practice of the profession of Midwifery is defined as the art of assisting at children. Midwifery is a profession that works in partnership with women, adolescents, their families and communities to promote the sexual and reproductive health of women and newborns. Midwives give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum period. Midwifery includes preventive measures such as the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, taking prompt and appropriate actions, including health counseling and education. The work should involve antenatal education, preparation for parenthood, women's health including sexual and reproductive health, and child care.
- Traditional Trained Birth Attendants
A Traditional trained birth attendant is a person who is not a midwife but who has been trained at the community level to identify complications for prompt referral and escort pregnant women to the hospital when they are in labor.