Midwives’ Guide to Professional Liability, 3rd Edition (PDF edition)
The third edition of the Midwives’ Guide to Professional Liability, formerly known as the Professional Liability Resource Kit, is produced by the Professional Liability Section of ACNM. This manual provides education and support through what is often a difficult to discuss topic: liability and litigation in midwifery practice. It is intended to be a primer for new midwives and a reference for experienced midwives who may be in career transition seeking insurance-related information. It is also intended as a resource for midwives involved in litigation or experiencing disciplinary action. The first chapter with appendices covers basic liability insurance information and considerations for the varied practice of midwifery. Guidance and risk management strategies for clinical documentation of care and communication with clients after an adverse event follows. The next chapter focuses on support for midwives who have been named in a lawsuit. This information is also applicable for midwives involved in disciplinary action proceedings. The included advice and strategies can also be helpful for midwives who need to support colleagues experiencing trauma related to litigation or disciplinary action. The final chapter gives tools and tips for advocating for full practice authority and liability reform.