Update on MA Midwifery Bill–Hearing report

29 July 2009 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

Dear Friends and Supporters of Midwifery,

The MA Midwifery Bill (Senate 847) was the source of  a very interesting day of testimony on Beacon Hill yesterday. The Massachusetts Coalition for Midwifery, comprised of CPMs, CNMs, and consumers testified first and gave strong testimony WRT why this bill is needed.

Next came the non-supportive docs from MMS (Mass Medical Society) and ACOG (American College of OBs and Gyns). Their testimony was inflammatory and often untrue. Despite the fact that they were sitting next to a mom in support of the Midwifery Bill who lost her baby, the MMS and ACOG team gave graphic descriptions of births that did not have good outcomes. They neglected to share any stories of births with OBs that did not have good outcomes, however. ACOG and MMS also said that the passing the Midwifery Bill would allow high school graduates to practice midwifery (untrue, that’s why we want this bill, so that the Board of Midwifery can set consistent educational standards); and that these people would also have prescriptive authority (also untrue—only CNMs would have prescriptive authority under the bill, a privilege they already have).

Judy Norsigian from Our Bodies, Ourselves gave powerful testimony that rebutted much of what ACOG and MMS said. We’re grateful to have had her on the team.

Please keep calling and emailing your MA Representative and Senator—especially if they’re a member of the Joint Committee for Public Health–letting them know that the testimony they heard from ACOG and the MMS was a distortion.  More importantly, please call or email to let them know how important your midwife is/has been to you and to your family and that you SUPPORT Senate 847/House 2080, a Bill to Establish a Board of Midwifery.

You can find the name and contact information for your MA Senator and Rep., as well as the bill text (now known as Senate 847) at the following link: http://midwivesmass.org/default.aspx (Please ignore the requests for sponsorship at this link and forgive us for not fully updating this site.)

It’s especially important to call voicing your support for the bill if you live in JP and are a constituent of Rep. Sanchez OR if your Representative or Senator is on the Joint Committee for Public Health. Committee members and their districts are listed below and at here.

Members appointed to the committee:


Susan Fargo of Third Middlesex – Chair
Telephone: (617) 722-1572
E-Mail Address: Susan.Fargo@state.ma.us

Mark Montigny of Second Bristol and Plymouth – Vice-Chair
Telephone: (617) 722-1440
E-Mail Address: Mark.Montigny@state.ma.us

Stephen Buoniconti of Hampden
Telephone: (617) 722-1660
E-Mail Address: Stephen.Buoniconti@state.ma.us

Harriette Chandler of First Worcester
Telephone: (617) 722-1544
E-Mail Address: Harriette.Chandler@state.ma.us

Jennifer Flanagan of Worcester and Middlesex
Telephone: (617) 722-1230
E-Mail Address: Jennifer.Flanagan@state.ma.us

Robert Hedlund of Plymouth and Norfolk
Telephone: (617) 722-1646
E-Mail Address: Robert.Hedlund@state.ma.us

House Representatives:

Jeffrey Sanchez of Boston – Chair
Telephone: (617) 722-2130
E-mail Address: Rep.JeffreySánchez@hou.state.ma.us

Ruth Balser of Newton – Vice-Chair
Telephone: (617) 722-2460
E-Mail Address: Rep.RuthBalser@hou.state.ma.us

Timothy Toomey of Cambridge
Telephone: (617) 722-2380
E-Mail Address: Rep.TimothyToomey@hou.state.ma.us

John Quinn of Dartmouth
Telephone: (617) 722-2020
E-Mail Address: Rep.JohnQuinn@hou.state.ma.us

Kevin Murphy of Lowell
Telephone: (617) 722-2877
E-Mail Address: Rep.KevinMurphy@hou.state.ma.us

Cleon Turner of Dennis
Telephone: (617) 722-2090
E-Mail Address: Rep.CleonTurner@Hou.State.MA.US

Kevin Aguiar of Fall River
Telephone: (617) 722-2140
E-Mail Address: Rep.KevinAguiar@hou.state.ma.us

Michael Brady of Brockton
Telephone: (617) 722-2014
E-Mail Address: Rep.Michaelbrady@hou.state.ma.us

Jason Lewis of Winchester
Telephone: (617) 722-2060
E-Mail Address: Rep.JasonLewis@hou.state.ma.us

Lewis Evangelidis of Holden
Telephone: (617) 722-2263
E-mail Address: Rep.LewisEvangelidis@hou.state.ma.us

Donald Humason of Westfield
Telephone: (617) 722-2803
E-mail Address: Rep.DonaldHumason@hou.state.ma.us

It only takes a minute or two to make a call and make a difference! Here’s a sample script: Hello! My name is XXX. I’m a constituent of XXXX’s. I’m calling today to request that Sen./Rep. XXX support Senate 847/House 2080, a Bill to Establish a Board of Midwifery. (You may be asked for your name again, as well as for your address and/or phone number).

It’s that simple.

Please call today, tomorrow, or any time before the summer break on Friday, 7/31, and help make good birth choices available to all MA women and their families.

Thanks so much for your support!

Ann Sweeney

Mass Friends of Midwives



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