Here are 2 updates on the midwifery bill from last week. One email I received said it would be okay to send emails/leave messages over the weekend and call on Monday morning- there might be some time for new co-sponsors on Monday... but you could always use this as an opportunity to tell your rep you support this bill and ask them to support it. If you feel like you want to hold off or miss this, I'm sure there will be other times we need to make phone calls showing support, but this is the first round to be positioned well for the next push. Get yourself on the list for updates or sign up for the Facebook Groups. -Jessica
Here's the Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_185192568178637 for the midwifery bill and MFOM is working to coordinate much of the action on the bill. MFOM Action alerts in support of the midwifery bill are found by clicking the red "Midwifery Bill Alert" button on the MFOM home page: www.mfom.org (not yet updated) and MFOM or thru the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=41256021750
I'm forwarding the following information from MFOM that is very encouraging:
"If anyone has questions about the bill, they're welcome to email Ann Sweeney, MFOM or CPMs Miriam Khalsa or Audra Karp.
We anticipate this legislative session will be the FINAL one for the bill since we're working hard to get the bill passed and have made some important allies recently, including Amnesty International, Our Bodies, Ourselves, NOW, and the ACLU. If you have time to help us at this critical juncture, please contact me.
Also, if you contact your Massachusetts Senator or Representative to request they co-sponsor the bill, please contact me to let me know who's been contacted and what they said.
Thanks for your support!
This is the action alert email from MFOM:
Are you alarmed at the rate of unnecessary birth interventions today? Would like to see homebirth available to more women and their families in Massachusetts?
We're writing to ask for your help. Massachusetts Friends of Midwives (MFOM) in conjunction with The Massachusetts Midwives Alliance (MMA) is refiling our midwifery bill, now known as “An Act Relative to Certified Professional Midwives” in the state legislature.
As you may recall, this bill was passed by the MA House last session and was approved by the every committee that heard it. It narrowly missed becoming law because we ran out of time at the end of last term.
Passage of this bill will create a Board of Midwifery for CPMs and--for the first time--give recognition to CPMs (homebirth midwives), broadening birth choices for women and their families.
This can be our moment. With your help and the support of other like-minded people, this can be the year that women and their families across Massachusetts gain access to true choice in their birth options.
Can you help by contacting your Massachusetts State Senator and Representative requesting their sponsorship of “An Act Relative to Certified Professional Midwives”?
Having as many bill co-sponsors as possible is the best way to ensure the bill's passage and to help it easily move through the legislature. We had 66 co-sponsors last session—let’s try to exceed that number today!
Please contact your legislator TODAY or anytime this week, asking him or her 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 2 minutes or less.
Here's what to do:
1.Find your Massachusetts state Senator and Representatives at this link:
2. Find your representative's address, email, and phone here:
3. Call your MA House Representative and your MA Senator and ask to speak with an aide (or your Rep. or Senator if s/he is available).
Here is a sample script you can use:
“Hello, this is (NAME). I am calling today to ask for the Representative’s/Senator’s support and co-sponsorship of Senator Richard Moore’s bill called “An Act Relative to Certified Professional Midwives”This bill is important to me because I am a (CONSUMER OF MIDWIFERY, MIDWIFERY SUPPORTER,or PRACTIONER) and I believe all midwives should be licensed in our state.
(YOU MAY TELL A PERSONAL STORY ABOUT ACCESS TO MIDWIFERY IF IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE)
“I hope the Representative/Senator will co-sponsor this bill. I would appreciate a call back to let me know whether the Representative/ Senator will sign on before the 4 February deadline. My phone number is (YOUR NUMBER).
Thank you for your time today.
4. If your Senator/Representative or his/her aide
requests them, please have them contact me and I will send them supporting documents regarding why this bill is needed as well as a copy of the Evidence-Based Maternity Care policy document (AKA the Milbank Report) http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10575
When you've contacted your representative or his/her aide, please send us an email letting us know their response at info@...
Many, many thanks for your help!
Ann, Jen, and Jim
MFOM (Mass Friends of Midwives)
***Please forward to all lists and to everyone you know who wants to help! Many thanks!!! We can do this!!!***