Administrative Policy Writing
Example from the Midwifery Board
By the section title, you can tell we are looking at a rule concerning
the labor and delivery practices required of midwives.
Look at subsection (a)
Note the language of obligation: “The midwife
…” The convention
for creating a legal obligation is the word “shall” or “must.”
When reading a rule, you should first consider whether there are any
defined terms. Writers will typically define words in a more narrow or
technical sense than they are used in everyday life.
Is the word “midwife” defined in the rules? Look at section 831.2(12).
What does it say?