Alabama State Board of Midwifery Board Meeting Minutes
The Alabama State Board of Midwifery met on Friday, September 9, 2022, to conduct business. Board members present included (1) Ms. Noel Leithart (Chair), (2) Mr. Chris Megginson (member), (3) Ms. Christine Litas (member), (4) Ms. Laura Reeder (member), (5) Ms. Layla Brown (member). Absent from the meeting was (1) Dr. Joyce Loyd-Davis (member) and (2) Ms. Stephanie Armstead (member). Also present was Mr. Brad Chynoweth, attorney to the Board and Dr. Sharon Porterfield, Administrative Assistant.
The members of the public that were in attendance were Matt Hart (BME), and by phone were Stephen McCormick (ALAHA), Richard Brown, and the office of the Board of Medical Examiners.
The Board meeting had been advertised on the Secretary of State’s website, in accordance with the Alabama Open Meetings Act. With a quorum of board members present, Ms. Leithart called the meeting to order at 10:04am.
Ms. Leithart welcomed the guest. Next, she presented the minutes from the June 10, 2022, board meeting and the August 15, 2022, called meeting. Mr. Megginson moved to accept the June 10 minutes. It was seconded by Ms. Litas and approved unanimously by the board. Mr. Megginson then moved to accept the Aug 15 minutes. Again, the motion was seconded by Ms. Litas and approved unanimously by the board.
No report from Legal Counsel
Ms. Leithart gave her report as board Chair, which included an update on membership in AARB. Ms. Leithart reported that she had submitted the comments to ADPH regarding the rules they published restricting Licensed Midwives from practicing in birth centers. The Board has not yet received a response from ADPH. Ms. Leithart then resigned from her position on the Complaint Review Committee, and appointed Ms. Reeder to fill the slot. Mr. Megginson made a motion to accept Ms. Reeder’s appointment. The motion was seconded by Ms. Litas and unanimously approved by the Board. Ms. Leithart reviewed the budget of the Board.
Ms. Leithart reported to the Board that Dr. Porterfield’s contract needed to be renewed. The new contract will be for a two-year period. Ms. Reeder moved to extend the renewal contract to Dr. Porterfield. Ms. Brown seconded. The motion carried. Mr. Chynoweth will update the contract and send it to Dr. Porterfield.
Ms. Leithart reminded the Board that the next meeting is December 9, 2022, at 10 am at Vestavia City Hall, and that the 2023 meetings are held on the 2nd Friday in March, June, September, and December.
With no further business to discuss and no comments from the public, Ms. Reeder made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Megginson seconded the motion. It passed unanimously. Ms. Leithart adjourned the meeting at 10:25am.
Noel Leithart, Chair