Dear friends and supporters of midwifery

13 July 2011 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

As many of you know, the Midwifery Bill, now known as An Act Relative to
Certified Professional Midwives (House Bill 2368 and Senate Bill 1133; same
text) is being heard on Beacon Hill by the MA Joint Committee for Public
Health next Tuesday, 7/19/2011. This bill, when passed, will recognize and
regulate the practice of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). A link to
the text for this bill follows later in this post. As always, a few
prominent medical interest groups (most notably the American Congress of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Massachusetts Medical Society
(MMS) are actively trying to kill this midwifery bill, so we need many
citizens to voice their support NOW for midwifery options.

Please call your MA State Rep. and MA Senator TODAY, next week, or at any
point before next Tuesday, 7/19, letting him/her know that this bill is
important to you. and to urge its passage. With legislators, the squeaky
wheel gets the oil so it’s important that you and any friends and colleagues
you know call in support of this bill. If you only have a minute and don’t
have time to look up your Senator’s or Representative’s direct line, you can
call the main number at the State House and ask to be forwarded to him/her.
The main number at the State House is 617.722.2000.

You can find the name and contact information for your MA Senator and Rep.
as the following link:

http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php

Bill text (now known as House Bill 2368 and Senate Bill 1133) is available
by clicking here:
http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/Senate/S01133

It’s especially important to call if your Representative or Senator is on
the Joint Committee for Public Health. Committee members and their districts
are listed below:

Sen. Chandler (Senate Vice-Chair of Public Health Comm.):

1st Worcester: Berlin, Boylston, Clinton (Pcts. 3-4), Holden, Northborough,
Paxton, Princeton, West Boylston, Worcester (Wds. 1-4, 9-10)

Rep. Lewis (House Vice-Chair of Public Health Comm.)
31st Middlesex: Stoneham (Pcts. 1-2, 4-7), Winchester

Sen. Timilty

Bristol & Norfolk: Attleboro (Wd. 3, Pct B; Wds 4-6), Dover, Foxboro,
Mansfield, Medfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Sharon (Pcts, 1, 4, 5),
Walpole

Sen. Clark

Middlesex & Essex: Lynnfield, Malden, Melrose (Wds. 1-5), Reading, Stoneham,
Wakefield

Rep. Fallon

33rd Middlesex: Malden (Wd. 2; Wd. 3, Pct 1; Wds. 4-6; Wd 8)

Rep. Balser (bill cosponsor)

12th Middlesex: Newton (Wd. 5, Pcts. 1-3; Wd. 6; Wd 7, Pcts 1, 3-4; Wd 8)

Rep. Sciortino (bill cosponsor)

34th Middlesex: Medford (Wds 4-5; Wd. 7, Pct. 1; Wd. 8, Pct. 2), Somerville
(Wd. 4, Pcts 1-2; Wd. 7)

Rep. Garlick (also on Health Care Financing Committee)

13th Norfolk: Dover, Medfield (Pcts. 1-2), Needham

Rep. Mahoney

13th Worcester: Paxton, Worcester (Wd. 1, Pcts 1-4; Wd. 9; Wd 10, Pct 3)

Rep. Adams

17th Essex: Andover (Pcts. 2-6,9), Lawrence(Wd. D, Pcts. 1-2; Wd E, Pcts. 1,
4), Tewksbury (Pcts. 3, 3A)

Rep. George Ross

2nd Bristol: Attleboro (Wds. 1-2; Wd. 3, Pct. A; Wds. 4-6)

It takes only a minute or two to call, and this will make a big 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 An Act Relative to Certified Professional
Midwives (House Bill 2368 and Senate Bill 1133). This bill is being heard
before the Joint Committee for Public Health on July 19th. Thank you for
your support of this important legislation.

(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 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.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_41256021750

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