Midwifery Alert!

21 November 2009 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

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As you likely know, the Midwifery Bill we’ve all been working on is still awaiting approval from the Joint Committee for Public Health.
Ann Sweeney and Jen Holloman met last month with Chairman Sanchez—a bill co-sponsor and the Co-Chair of the Public Health Committee—who has promised to both continue his support AND to help “fast track” the bill through Beacon Hill.
Please *keep calling* and emailing your MA Representative and Senator as much as you can and ask everyone you know to do the same.  We’ve learned that the squeaky wheel gets oiled on Beacon Hill, so now’s the time to speak up for Midwifery!

Especially if your Senator or Rep. is a member of the Joint Committee for Public Health, call 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 and would like them to approve the bill and release if from the Public Health Committee.  We have a limited window to get this legislation passed, so don’t be shy about calling as often as you can.  You can find the name and contact information for your MA Senator and Rep. at the following link:http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php
If you’d like to read the bill in its entirety, please go to the following link: http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/186/st00pdf/st00847.pdf
It’s especially important to call and or email voicing your support for the bill if you live in Jamaica Plain and are a constituent of Chairman Sanchez OR if you are a constituent of Chairman Fargo OR if your Representative or Senator is on the Joint Committee for Public Health.   If you are in Chairman Sanchez’s district, please thank him for his strong support and ask how we can help him to evangelize the bill.  Please report the results of any calls to info@mfom.org
Committee members and their districts are listed below and here.
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./Chair XXX support Senate 847/House 2080, a Bill to Establish a Board of Midwifery and that s/he lend his/her support in asking that the bill be approved and released from the Joint Committee for Public Health. (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 this or next week—or even today, tomorrow and EVERY day this week and next week!—We’re trying to get this out of Committee before the end of the year–and help make good birth choices available to all MA women and their families
Thanks so much for your continued support!
Ann Sweeney
MFOM (Mass Friends of Midwives)
www.mfom.org

Committee members and their districts are listed below and here.

Members appointed to the committee:

Senators:

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./Chair 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 this or next week—we’re trying to get this out of Committee before the Thanksgiving Break–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

http://www.mfom.org

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