It is with great sadness that I have decided I can no longer accept Michigan Medicaid clients.
It isn't the reimbursement rate, it the great deal of difficulty involved in attempting to bill for and to get paid for the services provided.
If you want this situation to change in Michigan, you have to become involved. The Friends of Michigan Midwives is looking for people to write letters and contact their representatives and senators to sponsor bills to correct the current situation.
Please become involved for the sake of your rights as childbearing women and for your daughters.
Linda Johnson, CNM
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There is a bill in Michigan which would legalize CPMs. This bill has been in committee and we are waiting for a vote. There is another competing bill which would essentially outlaw anything other than Licensed Registered Nurse Midwife. The LRNM is a new class, specific to Michigan. Michigan would no longer recognize Certified Nurse Midwives and all midwives would need to take a state written exam. Birth centers would also be essentially outlawed as there are strict new requirements that would put the birth centers out of business. Some of the current OOH midwives are talking about going underground.
The situation is serious and if women want the option of birth OOH they need to get involved.
Both DEMs and CPMs practice openly in Michigan, but they are not legal. They are considered alegal because there isn't a law that says they are illegal. Alegal is not an actual legal term and won't protect the midwife if she is charged with practicing medicine without a license.