Midwifery Bill Update–We didn’t pass this year, but lookout, ’cause we got NEXT!

1 August 2010 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Dear Midwifery Supporters,

As you may have already heard, the Midwifery Bill (House 4180) that we’ve all been working so hard on, did not pass in the final hours of this legislative session. The Casino Bill—which was the key issue for Speaker DeLeo—was the proverbial hog in the tunnel, which meant that many other worthy bills—like ours–did not get to the House floor for a vote.

In looking back on the past several months, the first think that comes to mind is what a fantastic job we’ve all done. While we didn’t achieve our hoped-for result, we put together the best strategic and tactical effort ever and are well poised to get the bill passed next session.

A very special thank you goes out today to our incredible consumer and grassroots team, who came through for us in the clutch, juggling family, work, and other plans to keep calling the State House in support of the bill. Your generousity, tenacity, eloquence, and passion were felt and admired by all. Kudos for a job well done. The legislators now know more than ever that consumers in the Commonwealth care about midwifery and demand better standards of care and better birth options for themselves and for their families. An extra special shout out goes to Jen Holliman, Rebecca Hains, Amy Kreydin, and the North Shore Birth Center group, who immediately responded to our request for calls to Rep. Speliotis and succeeded in getting her to remove her “hold” on the bill WITHIN 12 HOURS!

We had some wonderful consumer leaders who helped us in numerous ways: Catherine Stamatos, Bridget Colvin, Maria DeLorico, Cathleen Barstow, Makeda Kamara, and Jim Henderson—thanks to you all.

Our supporters at the State House were many. In addition to thanking Rep. Speliotis for doing a very brave thing for a politician—changing her mind, extra special thanks go to our House Lead Sponsor, Kay Khan, who worked tirelessly on our behalf, and Cosponsor Jeffrey Sanchez, who partnered with Rep. Kahn’s staff to significantly rewrite the bill with a weather eye toward supporting its passage. We were very fortunate to have Lead Senate Sponsor Richard Moore—many thanks for your ongoing support—and notably Representatives Story and Harkins, who stepped in on our behalf when a hold was placed on the bill. Finally, many, many thanks to each of our Senate and House co-sponsors. We each and every one of your for your commitment to consumer protection and we thank you again with our votes on Election Day!

We got as far as we did due to some incredible leadership from the inimitable Judy Norsigian, who, while continuing to drive a host of other women’s health initiatives, created brilliant alliances and helped drive the most effective game plan we’ve had to date. Because of Judy, we had the support of Amnesty International, NOW, and the MA Women’s Bar Association partnering with supportive physicians and other friends who supported our broader efforts. Words cannot express our gratitude to you all, especially to physician supporters who signed on to our various letters and outreach efforts. Many, many thanks as well to all our Coalition partners, especially Miriam Khalsa, Audra Karp, Milree Keeling, Peggy Garland, and Joanna King. You kept the fires burning and we thank you for all your efforts, both small and large.

Finally a huge thanks to the team at the Big Push—Susan Jenkins, Pam Maurath, Steff Hedenkamp, and especially Katie Prown—who worked round the clock in support of the bill these past several months. They were tireless advocates who cheered us on, ever urging us to give our efforts one more PUSH.

We were better because of all of you. We couldn’t have come this far without you.

We will win this campaign. We will learn from this loss, and come back stronger.
Thank you so much for all of your ongoing support. We wish you all a delightful rest of summer and look forward to working with you again in September!

With profound thanks,
Ann Sweeney
President
MFOM (www.mfom.org)

***Please forward this email to your friends, family, and to all other lists! Thank you for your continued support!!!***

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