Suzanne Hope Suarez, RN, BSN, is an attorney who has created a legal program for practicing professional midwives that includes standards, guidelines and protocols. She lives in Tampa, Florida, and offers consultation services to midwives across the country. She is a board member of the Midwives Education Accreditation Council and previously served on the NARM board. She is the author of Midwifery Is Not the Practice of Medicine (1993).
The term “protocols” is confusing sometimes because it is used differently from location to location, state to state. In general, protocols have to be very carefully written, or midwives damage themselves legally.