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New law expanding midwife services could save California money
San Francisco Business Times

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill this week that allows licensed midwives to provide comprehensive services to Medi-Cal patients. Senate Bill 407 by Republican Sen. Mike Morell from Rancho Cucamonga is expected to expand access to care by giving low-income women more provider choices. The move could save the state money, too. A home or “birth center” birth with a licensed midwife is up to 80 percent cheaper than a hospital birth, according to an analysis of the bill.