Midwives Advisory Board Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.

Videoconference Meeting

This meeting will take place via videoconference and will be broadcast on TDLR’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TexasLicensing. The meeting agenda and materials are available on the Department’s webpage at www.tdlr.texas.gov. If you need materials in an alternate format, contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at least 5 working days before the meeting date. Phone: (512) 463-6599, E-MAIL: open.meetings@tdlr.texas.gov, TDD/RELAY TEXAS: 1-800-relay-VV (for voice), 1-800-relay-TX (for TDD).

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call, Certification of Quorum, and Introductions
  3. Training for Board Members
    1. Open Meetings Act
    2. Public Information Act
    3. Administrative Procedure Act
  4. Advisory Board Member Training
    1. Videoconference Meeting Conduct
    2. Public Comments
    3. Public Participation
  5. Approval of Minutes – January 30, 2020 Meeting
  6. Public Comment
    Any person wishing to address the Board must submit an email by following the Public Comment Instructions found on the last page of this agenda or located at www.tdlr.texas.gov. Emails must be submitted to board.comments@tdlr.texas.gov by 12:00 PM, August 23, 2021. TDLR offices will not be open for public comment.
  7. Staff Reports
    1. Licensing Division
      1. Statistics
    2. Customer Service
      1. Personnel Update
      2. Statistics
    3. Enforcement Division
      1. Personnel Update
      2. Statistics
      3. Case Highlights
    4. Education and Examination Division
      1. Statistics
    5. Regulatory Program Management
      1. Personnel Update
      2. Current Projects
      3. Public Outreach
    6. Field Inspections Division
      1. Personnel Update
      2. Statistics
      3. Current Projects
    7. Executive Office
      1. 87th Legislative Session and Bill Implementation Update
      2. Communication Outreach Statistics
  8. Update and discussion on the four-year rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 115, conducted pursuant to Government Code §2001.039. This agenda item includes a discussion of the public comments received in response to the notice of intent to review.
  9. Workgroup reports--updates, discussion, and possible recommendations:
  10. Licensing Workgroup
  11. Standard of Care Workgroup
  12. Education Workgroup
  13. Discussion and possible recommendation on the proposed amendments to existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 115, §115.14 and §115.115, regarding the Midwives program. The proposed amendments update the list of conditions during labor or delivery that require immediate emergency transfer; provide a standard for assessing fetal heart rates; require continuing education covering fetal heart rates for license renewal; and create an audit system for reporting completion of continuing education.
  14. Workgroup Assignments
  15. Recommendations for agenda items for next Board meeting
  16. Discussion of date, time, and location of next Board meeting
  17. Adjournment

The Midwives Advisory Board will accept public comments for the August 24, 2021 meeting. 

Written comments must be submitted to Board.Comments@tdlr.texas.gov by no later than 12:00 p.m., August 23, 2021. Comments will be provided to the Board members for their review prior to the meeting but will not be read aloud during the public meeting. 

If you wish to address the Board during the public meeting, please provide your contact information to Board.Comments@tdlr.texas.gov by 12:00 p.m., August 23, 2021. Prior to the meeting you will receive an email with a link to join the meeting. You will be given no more than three (3) minutes to speak. The presiding officer may reduce the time provided for public comments based on the number of requests received. Ensure that you have a reliable connection and clear audio. 

**Please email your public comment request to Board.Comments@tdlr.texas.gov. **

DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT REQUEST IS

12:00 P.M., AUGUST 23, 2021

Email request for Public Comment must include:

  • Agenda Item or Specific Topic
  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Please indicate whom you are representing. Ex: attorney, yourself or other

Failure to provide the information requested directly above could result in your comment being delayed or taken out of order.