(a) No person, other than a physician, shall engage or hold themselves out as practicing nurse-midwifery without a license to do so issued by the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses: Provided, That this requirement does not apply to those midwives who hold a license upon the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred seventy-three, issued by the West Virginia board of health. Persons holding licenses on said date issued by the said board of health shall be permitted to practice midwifery as formerly defined and according to the authority granted to them upon the issuance of their licenses, until the expiration of such licenses without the privilege of renewal.
(b) No person may practice or offer to practice as a nurse-midwife with prescriptive authority without a license to do so issued by the West Virginia board of examiners for registered professional nurses and issued pursuant to section seven-a of this article.
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