During the 2012 legislative session, HB1056 Midwives bill.pdf, Health Occupations – Licensed Midwives, was introduced. The bill hearing generated a great deal of public interest. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) recognizes that there is increased demand for providers who are licensed and able to safely attend births in the home, and believes that this multi-faceted issue should be studied. Therefore, DHMH has formed a Midwives Workgroup comprised of interested health care providers and stakeholders. The Workgroup will meet least four times over the next several months. A final report of the Workgroup’s findings and recommendations will be delivered to Delegate Peter A. Hammen, the Chair of the House, Health and Government Operations Committee and Senator Joan Carter Conway, the Chair of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, by January 1, 2013.