3711.20 Maternity and newborn advisory council.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Board-certified" means that a physician has been certified in an area of practice by a medical specialty board of the American medical association or the American osteopathic association.

(2) " Registered nurse" has the meaning defined in section 4723.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) There is hereby created the maternity and newborn advisory council within the department of health. The governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint the following members:

(1) Two board-certified obstetricians;

(2) A board-certified pediatrician;


Three registered nurses who provide newborn care;

(4) Three registered nurses who provide obstetric care;

(5) A licensed dietitian with knowledge of newborn nutrition;

(6) A licensed social worker with knowledge of newborn psychosocial and family support services;

(7) A lactation consultant certified by the international board of lactation consultant examiners;

(8) An individual to represent the public;

(9) A board-certified perinatologist;

(10) A board-certified neonatologist;

(11) A certified nurse-midwife, certified nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or certified registered nurse anesthetist;

(12) A board-certified anesthesiologist;

(13) A board-certified family practice physician who delivers children or provides newborn care.

(C) The governor shall make the initial appointments to the council not later than sixty days after September 1, 2008. Of the initial appointments, six shall be for a term of three years, six for a term of four years, and six for a term of five years. Thereafter, terms of office shall be five years with each term ending on the same day of the same month as the term it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Members may be reappointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointment. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration of the member's term or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

(D) The council shall hold four meetings in the first year after the initial appointments to the council are made under division (B) of this section. Thereafter, the council shall hold two meetings each year. Additional meetings may be held at the call of the chairperson or the director of health.

The chairperson shall be selected annually by members of the council. Following each meeting, the chairperson may submit a report to the director summarizing the activities, discussion, and recommendations of the council. Eight voting members of the council constitute a quorum.

(E) Members of the council shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

(F) The department of health shall provide the council the administrative support necessary to execute its duties.

Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 471, §1, eff. 12/19/2016.

Effective Date: 2008 HB331 09-01-2008.

Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4 .