Legend drugs and devices are potentially lifesaving medications and equipment which require special authorization to access. Oregon Licensed Midwives have access to specific legend drugs and devices for professional use. Prior to licensure, a midwife must complete a training in the following required program components:
- Pharmacology for Midwives
- Treatment of Shock including IV
- GBS prophylaxis antibiotics administration
- Medications by Injection
- Neonatal Resuscitation
These trainings must be taken from an approved LD&D education provider. For a full list of approved providers, please click here. When a midwife or student midwife has completed all requirements, an official transcript is sent directly to the midwife for their use in licensing or renewal.
Legend Drugs and Devices Renewal Workshop
Birthingway offers the LD&D renewal course twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. This workshop is for midwives who have already completed their initial training and are licensed. It updates the same topics in a shortened format, and includes written and skills testing components. Neonatal resuscitation training is not part of the LD&D renewal workshop and needs to be taken separately. Please visit the Biodynamic Resuscitation of the Newborn (BRN) website for more information.
The LD&D renewal workshop is a non-credit course which meets the LD&D education requirement for Oregon State licensure. It does not meet Birthingway graduation requirements for the certificate/degree program.
Initial Training in Legend Drugs and Devices
Birthingway College of Midwifery is an authorized provider of Legend Drugs and Devices education. At this time, Birthingway does not offer the LD&D initial training as a stand alone workshop. Rather, Birthingway offers the training through our for-credit classes for students enrolled in our Midwifery Program.
Legend Drugs and Devices Training for Birthingway Midwifery Program Students
Birthingway Midwifery Program students receive training in Legend Drugs and Devices as part of their regular Midwifery Program curriculum. Because of state mandated time-lines, it is not uncommon for students to need to retake some or all LD&D tests and skills demonstrations prior to graduation. Students who are close to completing the Midwifery Program need to talk to the Specialized Programs Coordinator for more information. For Birthingway graduates, transcripts are sent to the Licensing Board upon request.