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It is now time to make our voices heard. Senate Bill 164 if enacted will turn our CPMs into felons and potentially put our community in crisis. Senate Bill 164 turns the unauthorized practice of medicine into a felony and our CPMs have been in violation of the Medical Practice Act since 2007 when maternity care and parturition was established as the practice of medicine. This is hostile to women & midwives and disruptive to the legislative process that we have worked hard to conform to for 2 years now. We need to be sure this bill dies.
This coming Monday I will meet with Sen. Purcell to brief him on HB333 and convey our objections to SB164.
We need all of you to call and e-mail Sen. Forrester and Sen. Purcell during the next 2 days to express your concerns. Please DO NOT direct your frustration at the senators, they may very well not appreciate what this means. Our frustration is with the leadership of the North Carolina Medical Society. Our argument is that they have been obstructionists and have been successful in making North Carolina stand out among its neighbors as denying mothers access to regulated Certified Professional Midwives which is counter to safety. Here are some elements to include in your messages:
1) IMPORTANT â€“ thank them both for their attention to NC Friends of Midwives and the needs of women in NC.
2) North Carolina is in the process of enacting legislation to license C PMs. NCFOM has remained in process and has followed the process outlined by the legislature. SB164 is a hostile and disruptive move and the NC Medical Society is out-of-process.
3) How can North Carolina make felons the same midwives who are licensed and regulated in our neighbor states of VA, TN and SC?
4) Do not make our midwives felons!
5) The North Carolina Medical Society is NOT a good faith partner in addressing the problems of North Carolina's mothers who birth at home.
6) The 2008 House Select Committee on Licensing Midwives produced bil l language instructing the stakeholders, including NC OBGYN and NC ACOG societies, to work with the Midwifery Joint Committee to establish Rules/Regulations/Standards for licensing CPMs in NC. This is a desperate attempt to obstruct the legislator's call for collaboration.
Please use your own words and it is not necessary to make all of these points. It is important to call (their Office number) and e-mail.
Let's make our voices heard!
NCFOM Legislative Co-Chair"