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Senators focus on out-of-hospital birth incidents

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Physicians, nurse midwives and midwives involved in out-of-hospital births would have to report adverse medical incidents to the state, under a bill approved Tuesday by the Senate Health Policy Committee.

Before the committee voted on the bill (SB 510), it agreed to tack on an amendment that detailed what constitutes an adverse medical incident, such as the death of a mother, a fetal or newborn death and the transfer of a newborn to a neonatal intensive care unit because of a traumatic physical or neurological birth injury.

Committee Chairwoman Dana Young, a Tampa Republican who is sponsoring the bill, said the state currently does not have reporting requirements for adverse incidents for planned out-of-hospital births.