September 8, 2018
The Alabama State Board of Midwifery met on Saturday, September 8, 2018, to hold a public hearing and conduct business. Board members physically present at the primary physical location were: (1) Ms. Noel Leithart (Board Chair), (2) Ms. Stacey Bufkin (member), and (3) Ms Tori Dennis (member). Board members in attendance electronically were: (1) Ms Kaycee Cavender (member), (2) Ms Colleen Tullis (member); others in attendance electronically were: Keith Warren (executive director) and Ms Bettie Carmack (attorney). Ms. Marietta Nero (member) was absent. The physical meeting was held at Vestavia Hills City Hall, 1032 Montgomery Highway in Birmingham.
Also present electronically were attorneys Greg Everett representing the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA), Cheairs Porter representing the Medical Association, and Matt Hart with the Board of Medical Examiners. Members of the public at the physical location included (1) Lisa Clark, (2) Hannah Ellis, (3) Rebekah Myrick and (4) Lauren Collins.
The Public Hearing and Board meeting had been advertised on the Secretary of State’s website, in accordance with the Alabama Open Meetings Act. There being a quorum of board members present electronically and at the physical location, Leithart, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 3:04 p.m. Keith Warren, the Board’s executive director, proceeded to preside over the meeting.
Mr Warren received general comments regarding the proposed rules and regulations from Mr Porter (MASA) , Mr Everett (AlaHA) , Mr Hart (Board of Medical Examiners), Ms Ellis (public), and Ms Clark (public) . Ms Carmack clarified the requirements for meeting electronically outlined in the Open Meetings Act as it pertains to the general public. Ms Dennis made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of conferring with legal counsel regarding matters likely to be litigated or may be litigated as the result of the certification or non-certification of the proposed rules and regulations. Ms Bufkin seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved by the Board. Executive session began at 3:30pm.
The Board meeting resumed the general meeting at 3:45pm. Ms Bufkin made a motion to adopt the rules as written and moved to certify them. Ms Cavender seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved by the Board.
Ms. Leithart presented the July 13, 2018 meeting minutes for the Board’s approval. A copy of the minutes was provided to the members prior to the meeting for their review. Ms. Bufkin made a motion to adopt the July meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Ms. Cavender and unanimously approved by the Board.
Ms. Carmack encouraged the Board members to attend a Board Member Training and Keith Warren reported that a training is taking place on Sept 12. Ms Leithart mentioned that work on the website continues.
The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Nov 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at 2777 Zelda Rd, Montgomery.
There was no further business of the Board. Ms. Bufkin made a motion to adjourn. Ms. Cavender seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Ms. Leithart adjourned the meeting at 4:00 p.m.
Noel J. Leithart