Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–858.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) "Birthing facility" means a facility or other place, other than a hospital or the mother's home, that provides antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal care for both mother and child during and after normal, uncomplicated pregnancy.

(2) "Critical congenital heart disease" means a group of heart defects that cause serious, life-threatening symptoms and require intervention within the first days or first year of life.

(3) "Department" means the Department of Health.

(4) "Hearing impairment" means a dysfunction of the auditory system, of any type or degree, that is sufficient to interfere with the acquisition and development of speech and language skills, with or without the use of sound amplification.

(5) "Hospital" means a facility other than a birthing facility or the mother's home, that provides antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal care for both mother and child during and after pregnancy.

(6) "Metabolic disorder" means a disorder which results in a defect in the function of a specific enzyme or protein.

(7) "Nurse-midwife" means a registered nurse certified pursuant to Chapter 58 of Title 17 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (17 DCMR § 5800 et seq.).

(8) "Parent" means an individual who is legally recognized to have all rights provided under District law with respect to a child.


(Apr. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 22-290, § 301, 66 DCR 1668.)