Perhaps this is a little personal but, I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you again for everyone who has been involved with the fight to get better regulation for midwives in Massachusetts to give women the right to birth with who and where we want. When we lived in Pennsylvania, homebirthing was not really an option for us. While technically a woman in Pennsylvania can give birth anywhere she chooses — unassisted — CPMs could be jailed for practicing midwifery without a license for attending a birth and providing skilled care. All the CNMs in Pittsburgh, where we were living, were associated with a hospital, a private practice where the midwife (mr. midwife, in fact!) caught babies exclusively in the local women’s hospital, or with a free-standing birth center.
Our insurance didn’t cover the birth center until we were about 4-5 months along in the pregnancy, and by then we were feeling rather attached to our midwives at the hospital — and the insurance only covered part of the birth center’s fee, one that we felt we could not quite afford even with the partial coverage.
Our midwives were pretty great at the hospital, but in retrospect, there were a lot of things about the hospital that really impacted the outcome of our birth, even though we had felt we were prepared to deal with them. We are really looking forward to the opportunity to have a homebirth here in Massachusetts the next time(s) around and are so grateful that CPMs will be able to practice in Massachusetts without threat of legal action once the Board of Midwifery legislation passes.
Thanks again everyone, for your dedication to midwifery and a mother’s right to choose how and where she gives birth. It is something that I, for one, will never take for granted.
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