Oooooh, yes. Tatoo parlors don't have people with very dddeeeepppp pockets (ie: the medical community and their lobbyists) up against them, though. The politics part of midwifery IS important. However, I think, after just observing for a short while, that until the midwifery community as a whole can come to a consensus about what the legalities should be and then get together as a unified front, from STATE TO STATE TO STATE, we're going to continue to get nowhere with legalizing, licensing, etc.
The problem is, that many midwives see a definate need for uniformity of licensure and the legality of said licensure. Many others, though, see regulation, especially where those deep pockets of the medical community and their non-evidence based medicine comes in, as a very slippery slope, though. Am I right?
So, should we really all come together and find a way to agree on what we're fighting for, so that we can fight together? Makes sense to me. BUT, I've not been working in the field that long. I"m not tired, or sensitive, or just want to do my job with nobody bugging me about it, either. I know that what we do is tiring. It's long hard hours. It's emotionally draining sometimes. I think that, when I've been doing it for a long time, I might not have the emotional energy to THEN go to the capital and fight for us politically, too.
How about we get a political fund going, ladies? And hire ourselves some good lobbyists!
I'm thinking that if we could find some eager young law students with undergrads in women's studies, we could hire them relatively inexpensively...
But first, we'd have to decide on what we really (the majority) want them to lobby for. And then we have to be willing to spend that extra energy and time to back them up. All of us. Because in reality, the majority of the medical community has that uniformity of message, and their lobbyists to speak for them with political savvy. Is it really possible for all of us to get on the same message? And I'm not picking a fight here. I'm really asking an honest question of our community.