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New Legislation in Massachusetts for CPMs: "An Act Relative to Certified Professional Midwives"

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I am writing on behalf of a wide coalition of women's advocates: Mass. Midwives Alliance, Mass. Friends of Midwives, Our Bodies Ourselves,

the Mass. Women's Bar Association, MA ACLU, and Amnesty International.

 

In this new 2013-2014 Legislative Session, we are again advocating for "An Act Relative to Certified Professional Midwives" currently HD 446 (Rep. Kay Khan) and SD 1463 (Sen. Richard Moore).

 

The bill:

- Requires all midwives who are not already licensed nurses (CNMs) to become Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs);

- Creates state licensing requirements for all CPMs;

- Establishes a Committee on Midwifery under the Board of Registration in Medicine. This Committee will issue all CPM licenses and will regulate their practice

 

Not only is this legislation important in providing formal recognition for CPMs, but also for women's health and consumer advocacy. 

 

We are asking if you could contact your MA Senator and Rep. on behalf of the bill voicing your support as a constituent, blogging in support of the bill, and/or be willing to do some additional local outreach on behalf of the bill to friends and neighbors.

 

Contact information for your MA State Senator and Representative can be found at the following link:http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

 

Copy of the bill text can be read here: http://www.mass.gov/legis/journal/desktop/Current%20Agenda%202011/H4253.pdf

A sample calling script is attached to this message. Calling is very simple and will take no more than 3 minutes to complete.

 

We appreciate your participation and support!

 

Sample Script:

 

(If emailing, title: Request to Cosponsor HD 446 and SD 1463 Relative to
Certified Professional Midwives)



 

My name is ___________, and I am from _____________. I am calling/emailing
on behalf of broad coalition of women's health advocates, including the
Mass. Midwives Alliance, Mass. Friends of Midwives, Our Bodies Ourselves,
the Mass. Women's Bar Association, MA ACLU, and Amnesty International.



 

In this new 2013-2014 Legislative Session, we are again advocating for "An
Act Relative to Certified Professional Midwives" currently HD 446 (Rep. Kay
Khan) and SD 1463 (Sen. Richard Moore).



 

I'm calling/emailing to thank you for the support you have given to this
bill in the past and to ask that you renew your commitment as a bill
co-sponsor. (Edit accordingly based on whether or not they have been past
cosponsor.)



 

As you likely know, this bill in the previous 2011-2012 Session successfully advanced through both the Joint Committees on Public Health and Health Care Financing. (http://www.mass.gov/legis/journal/desktop/Current%20Agenda%202011/H4253.pdf> HB 4253).  The bill has also successfully passed the Senate several times in past sessions.



 

The bill:



-       Requires all midwives who are not already licensed nurses (CNMs)
to become Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs);



-       Creates state licensing requirements for all CPMs;



-       Establishes a Committee on Midwifery under the Board of
Registration in Medicine. This Committee will issue all CPM licenses and
will regulate their practice



 

We hope that Representative/Senator _____ will again consider cosponsoring
the bill and would be honored to have him/her join our efforts on behalf of
improving maternal health choices and outcomes. (Edit based on whether they
have been past cosponsor or not.)



 

Thank you for your consideration.



 

Name, Title, Affiliation, Contact Info

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I would recommend posting this in your Finding Your Tribe forum, here:

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/f/83/connecticut-massachusetts-rhode-island

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Thread Starter 

Thank you! Posted to the forum you recommended!

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