Midwifery Act as a Form of Legal Protection and Certainty for Communities and Midwives
With the grace of God Almighty that today the Midwifery Law has been ratified, after 15 years of processing. This Midwifery Bill (RUU) began to process since 2005, intensively discussed starting in 2013, until it was included in the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) in 2016 as a bill on the initiative of the House of Representatives by Commission IX of the Indonesian House of Representatives. As a follow-up to the National Legislation Program, a Working Committee (Panja) was established for the Midwifery Bill which was responsible for discussing the Midwifery Bill both in substance and in the procedures for establishing legislation. Discussed in a working meeting between the Indonesian Parliament and the Government in accordance with the Presidential Letter (Ministry of Health, Kemenkumham, Kemenristekdikti, KemenPAN-RB, Kemenaker, and Ministry of Home Affairs). At the end of the discussion, the Government and Parliament agreed to give approval for the Midwifery Bill and proceed to the stage of ratification of the Midwifery Law in the Plenary Session.
Midwifery Bill consists of 12 (twelve) Chapters, 80 (eighty) Articles, with systematics as follows:
I. General Provisions
II. Midwifery Education
III. Practice Registration and Permit
IV. Midwives Indonesian Citizens Graduates Abroad
V. Midwives Foreign Citizens
VI. Midwifery Practice
VII. Rights and obligations
VIII. Midwife Professional Organization
IX. Utilization of Midwives
X. Coaching and Supervision
XI. Transitional Provisions
Midwives as strategic health workers are at the forefront of Maternal & Child Health services, Women's Reproductive Health and Family Planning that are spread throughout Indonesia. With the adoption of the Midwifery Law, it becomes the legal basis for midwives to carry out midwifery services that will provide protection and legal certainty for the community and midwives. The birth of the Midwifery Law is an opportunity in a comprehensive midwife professional arrangement ranging from education, service and professional development to midwives.
The number and importance of the role of midwives to provide services to the community, there is a need for clear regulation, stipulation and guidance of Midwives. This was accommodated through the midwifery council which was part of the Indonesian Health Workers Council as agreed in this Bill on Midwifery which was in line with the mandate of Law Number 36 of 2014 concerning Health Workers. For this reason, we encourage and urge the government to immediately form a midwifery council by revising Presidential Regulation No. 90 of 2017 concerning the Council of Indonesian Health Workers to adjust it, so that midwifery counselors can immediately carry out their duties, functions and authorities.
Thank you for the support of the Indonesian Parliament's Commission IX as the initiator of the Midwifery Law and the Government which has supported the process of the birth of the Midwifery Law.