37-27-203. Examination -- exemption. (1) Except as provided in subsection (4), an applicant for a license as a direct-entry midwife shall pass a qualifying, written examination, prescribed by the board, that is designed to test knowledge of theory regarding pregnancy and childbirth and to test clinical judgment in midwifery management. If considered necessary, an oral interview may be conducted in addition to the written examination to determine the fitness of the applicant to practice as a direct-entry midwife.
(2) Before an applicant may take the examination, the applicant shall demonstrate to the board that the educational and practical experience requirements in 37-27-201(3) and (4) have been met.
(3) An applicant is exempt from the educational and practical experience requirements of 37-27-201(3) and (4) if the applicant has:
(a) satisfactorily completed the first examination given by the board following July 1, 1991; and
(b) filed supporting documentation, as required by the board by rule, certifying that the applicant has served as the primary birth attendant, providing continuous care at no less than 75 births within the 7 years prior to July 1, 1991, as verified by birth certificates from Montana or another state, a signed affidavit from the birthing mother, or documented records from the midwife.
(4) Upon payment of the license fee established by the board, a nurse-midwife certified pursuant to 37-8-409 is exempt from the requirements of 37-27-201 and this section and may be licensed as a direct-entry midwife.