Kentucky Moms and Families Push for More Birth Options in the “Bluegrass State”


Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are NOT Legally Authorized to Practice in Kentucky

Mothers, Families, and Midwives are Actively Working on CPM Legislation


There is not such an organization in Kentucky.
The hostile practice environment precludes it.

The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition
For General Inquiries, email or call (502) 465-5422

Please note: The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition does not make midwife referrals. If you are looking for a midwife, please see the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition Resources page for finding a community birth midwife.

Regional Liaisons:

Louisville Area
Mary Kathryn DeLodder:
Lorie Baltes:

Lexington Area
Elizabeth Regan:

Bowling Green Area
Jennifer West:
Mary Lynn Duke:

Purchase Area
Clara Warren:
Kirsten Cannon:

What to be a regional liaison for your area? Visit the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition Get Involved page to read more. 

This organization is working to license CPMs, and they are actively pursuing CPM licensure in Alabama.

"Congratulations to our northern neighbor Indiana that passed legislation to recognize CPMs in 2013! We know your perseverance and hard work will pay off!"

Kentucky Home Birth Coalition was formed in 2012 to renew efforts to license Certified Professional Midwives in Kentucky. We have been busy laying the foundation for a successful campaign to license CPMs in Kentucky; creating a database of supporters and their legislators, having community meetings across the state, meeting with legislators and fundraising.

2017 Legislative Session Recap

The 2017 Legislative Session is all but over. While we did not see either of our bills passed into law this year, progress was still made. Here is a recap of the events that took place.

Jan 6- HB148, our House bill, was filed

Jan 7- SB105, our Senate bill, was filed and sent to the Senate Health & Welfare committee.

Feb 7- HB148 was sent to the House Health & Family Services Committee. KHBC leadership met with Rep. Addia Wuchner, the chair of the committee, where Rep. Wuchner shared that she was working on a “replacement” version of HB148 with all new language.

Feb. 10- We received the language from Rep. Wuchner’s replacement bill.

Feb. 13- KHBC leadership met with Rep. Wuchner for 20 minutes to discuss concerns about the replacement language, and were told that certain items were not open for discussion. Rep. Wuchner indicated she would place the bill on the Health & Family Services agenda for that Thursday, Feb. 16. Later that evening, we held an online group meeting to discuss Rep. Wuchner’s replacement bill. KHBC supporters almost unanimously decided that they were not comfortable with some aspects of the replacement

Feb. 14- Our HUGE Lobby Day. Our lobby day was a huge success. Nearly 200 people attended if you count adults and children. Group meetings took place with over 50 legislators, and homemade Valentine’s day cookies were delivered to all 138 legislators.

Feb. 15- KHBC supporters continued phone calls, e-mails, tweets, and more to members of the House Health & Family Services Committee to let them know that they did NOT support the version that would be proposed by Rep. Wuchner.

Feb. 16- HB148 was scheduled to heard in the House Health & Family Services Committee. However, it was removed from the agenda that morning. Later that afternoon, we received word that SB105 was moved from the Senate Health & Welfare committee to the Licensing & Occupations committee, and would be heard the following Tuesday.

Feb 21- SB105 was heard before the Senate Licensing & Occupations Committee. Testimony was given both for and against the bill, but the final result was that the chair of the committee, Sen. Schickel, did not entertain a motion for a vote on the bill. Instead, he vowed to work with us during the interim period. Also on this day, Sen. Alvarado filed a proposed floor amendment to SB105. However, the floor amendment never had the opportunity for a vote since SB105 did not pass out of committee.


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  • Steff Hedenkamp
    commented 2017-05-10 13:37:23 -0400
    Mary Kathryn, mea culpa and my apologies for the out-of-date info. I have updated the Kentucky Landing Page now and please just let me know if there are any other links we should include. Thank you!!
  • Mary DeLodder
    commented 2017-05-09 12:06:34 -0400
    Kim, the legislative session for 2017 is already over in Kentucky. You can read a summary here:

    This page is several years old.
  • Kim Lane
    commented 2017-05-09 11:41:26 -0400
    Bills to license Certified Professional Midwives in Kentucky have been filed in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate for 2017. Senate Bill 105 is sponsored by Tom Buford®, and House Bill 148 is sponsored by Russell Webber®. The text of the two filed bills is identical.

    Senate Bill:
    House Bill:
  • Mary DeLodder
    followed this page 2016-09-10 15:54:07 -0400
  • Goji Life
    commented 2016-07-05 12:54:29 -0400
    Moms and families needs more rights in the state of Kentucky
  • Steff Hedenkamp
    published this page in CPMs Legal Status by State 2015-08-21 14:31:42 -0400