3 February 2009 at 10:24 am 1 comment

The deadline for co-sponsorship has been extended to WEDNESDAY, 2/11. Please call today/this week/or early next week and ask everyone you know to do the same!

We must have co-sponsors for the bill in place by 4 February 2009. Please contact your legislator this week, asking her or him to join lead sponsors Senator Moore and Representative Khan in co-sponsorship of the Midwifery Bill. Our elected officials welcome hearing from constituents and you can complete the call within 3 minutes.

Click here for directions on how to help.

What is the midwifery bill?

The bill is to establish a board of midwifery in Massachusetts that regulates all midwives. Although a pretty dry “regulatory” bill, this is an important improvement for many reasons. First, there are about 400 certified nurse midwives catching babies in the state hospitals and two birth centers in Massachusetts who are currently regulated under the state nursing board. Unfortunately, nurse midwives are less than 4% of the state’s nurses, and their regulations have not been updated since the late 1980’s. Massachusetts is one of only six states that still defines the relationship between CNMs and physicians as “supervisory” rather than “collaborative”. This hinders nurse midwives’ abilities to manage their own freestanding birthing centers, for example, so that the state has none. Currently, many Massachusetts moms to drive to New Hampshire for this type of birthing option. It also makes Massachusetts a less desirable place for nurse-midwives to seek employment compared to other states.

There are approximately 40 certified professional midwives who have received national certification from the North American Registry of Midwives who would receive licensure to catch babies at home by this board. This ensures that families who choose home birth can have confidence in the standardized training of CPMs, ensure that CPMs have access to necessary emergency medicines, and are practicing legally.

The bill establishes a board comprised of nurse midwives, homebirth midwives, physicians, nurses, and consumers who can improve the choices, safety, and access of midwifery services by offering a far more specialized oversight invested in seeing midwifery flourish in Massachusetts.

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move over, angelina Why not homebirth…..

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. elizabear  |  3 March 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Hi –

    I missed the deadline to get my state rep to sign on as a co-sponsor, but he’s agreed to support it – Tom Stanley of Waltham.


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