Idaho is the 26th state to license homebirth midwives!

1 April 2009 at 6:40 pm 1 comment

Now more than half of the country has passed legislation to license homebirth midwives. Idaho’s significant success of reaching the tipping point will hopefully inspire Massachusetts legislators to see how urgently families in our state want and need our own midwifery board bill to pass.

“We’re seeing unprecedented advances this legislative season,” said Katie Prown, Campaign Manager of The Big Push for Midwives. “For the first time, physician groups are coming to the table and negotiating in good faith, and bills that had long been stalled in previously antagonistic committees are suddenly starting to move.” States that have recently seen significant legislative advances include South Dakota, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, and Alabama. Idaho joins Missouri and Maine as among the most recent states to legally authorize CPMs to provide maternity care.

“It’s clear that organized medicine has finally realized that, between current economic trends and the drive for healthcare reform, the demand for access to CPMs and out-of-hospital maternity care is only going to grow,” said Susan M. Jenkins, Legal Counsel for the Big Push. “It simply makes good sense to pass laws that provide for regulatory oversight, transparency, and accountability, all of which are necessary to ensure safe practice.”

I find it unacceptable for a state like Massachusetts that usually leads the country in so many ways to resist necessary maternity care reform that most of the country and the rest of the world have acknowledged with the proven benefit of improved birth outcomes and reduced health care costs.

Let’s get this bill passed this session!

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  • 1. kangaroo  |  2 April 2009 at 7:00 am

    CONGRATS IDAHO! So happy to see that licensed midwifery care is now available in the majority. Good luck Massachusetts…whatever we can do here in Florida, we’re behind you!

    ~Laura Gilkey
    Florida Friends of Midwives

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