April 27, 2010

“Why Choose a Midwife” Video is Back! – Share With Massachusetts Legislators

Earlier this year, we posted a midwifery advocacy video, “Why Choose a Midwife,” and while it received an enthusiastic response, we had to pull it temporarily while a permission issue was resolved. We’re happy to report it’s now available for viewing.

The video, which was posted to YouTube and is embedded below, was created primarily as an advocacy tool related to the Massachusetts midwifery bill [PDF], which Christine wrote about on Tuesday. In short, the legislation would:

* Regulate the practice of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), trained midwives who attend women planning to give birth at home.

* Strike outdated statutory language that mandates physician supervision of Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) — a position endorsed nationally by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and already adopted by 44 states. Required supervision creates excessive and unnecessary liability for physicians and is the reason full-scope CNM services are not now accessible in high-need communities such as Lawrence, Southbridge, Worcester and Gardner.

Action on the bill is expected very soon. We encourage our Massachusetts readers to contact their state legislators and urge support for this legislation. You can include a link to the video in your emails.


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