When Missi Burgess received her national certification to become a midwife two years ago, she didn’t set out to break the law. In 2015, the Georgia Board of Nursing banned midwives without a nursing degree from practicing midwifery and publicly calling themselves midwives. Burgess said many midwives in Georgia didn’t know about this change in legislation at the time. “No one let us know,” Burgess said. “Someone stumbled upon it.