I was asked by a friend to post this:
As many of you know, the Massachusetts midwives bill, which brings together each branch of midwifery under a single board, has been held up as an ideal piece of legislation that most other states could only dream of enacting.
And now, thanks to backdoor wheeling and dealing by the Massachusetts chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists—which was revealed in secret memos* that were leaked to The Big Push for Midwives Campaign last week—it looks as though not even Massachusetts will be able to pass this model piece of midwifery legislation.
Unless all midwife supporters act today!
While the bill has been stalled in the Joint Committee for Public Health, Massachusetts ACOG has been mobilizing its members in unprecedented numbers, bringing in reinforcements from physicians in other fields and urging them to call their elected representatives in both houses to smear the bill with outrageous claims and falsehoods, such as:
•Midwives who can’t get licenses in other states will “flock” to Massachusetts and endanger the lives of mothers and babies
•Liability claims against midwives, coupled with the cost of creating a new board, will cripple the state’s budget (when the evidence shows the exact opposite)
•Nurse-midwives should “work within the existing framework” and accept their lack of representation on the nursing board, while Certified Professional Midwives are so inadequately trained that licensing them should not even be an option
•Licensing Certified Professional Midwives will mislead the public into believing that they are adequately trained (because as we all know, pregnant women are incapable of research things for themselves and blindly follow whatever guidelines established authorities approve as safe maternity care practices)
And my personal favorite:
Certified Professional Midwives are so poorly trained that the American College of Nurse-Midwives “is officially opposed to the licensure of CPMs due to the lack of a uniform standard of accredited formal education.”
In other words, ACOG is making a mockery of one of the most remarkable achievements midwifery advocates in Massachusetts have accomplished: healing the divides that exist at the national level and working together to expand access to all types of midwives in the state.
It’s time for a full-court press to counter their slime-ball tactics before time runs out on the bill yet again. Remember the heavy-handed way ACOG and their allies killed this bill last year? We can't let them do it again in 2010!
To everyone on this list who objects to ACOG’s tactics, take just a few minutes to call or email your elected officials with a simple message:
Please support Senate 847/House 2080, a Bill to Establish a Board of Midwifery, and ask the Joint Committee for Public Health to approve and release the bill.
To find out who your State Representative and State Senator in General Court (the name for the state legislature) are and how to contact them, go to:http://www.facebook.com/l/156b1;www....ectioninfo.php
Erin Tracy, MD. “Talking Points re: An Act Relative to a Board of Midwifery,” September 27, 2009
Erin Tracy, MD. “Additional Talking Points re: An Act Relative to a Board of Midwifery,” October 7, 2009
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