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The midwives are asking that some moms and babies/kids tour the Senate offices on Monday morning to drum up some support and attention for the bill that will likely get voted on for Tuesday.<br><br>
The obstetric lobby is fighting back hard, I hear, and I want to show my support. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"><br><br>
Anyone else want to meet at 10 at the State House?<br><br>
Ask any questions, and I will try to get answers, but I am brand new to this myself.
 

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I know my midwife will be there. She wants people to call/email their support.
 

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I am going up from the southcoast if anyone wants to carpool let me know. My number is (508) 979-8887.<br><br>
My senator is Mark Montiguy (Sp?) and I hope some of you who have him will also come up.<br><br>
THanks!
 

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Argh, just lost my reply... Just pulling some items together since we have several threads. Maybe xmasbaby can update the first threads with the meeting time, date and location as a lot of MDC moms will log on in the morning without a lot of time to search through and find the info.<br><br>
Jessica<br><br><br>
Senate 1251: An Act to Establish a Board of Midwifery<br><a href="http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/185/st01/st01251.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/sena...01/st01251.htm</a><br><br>
Fact sheet from Coalition for Midwifery in next post<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">What we can do:<br>
CALL/CONTACT/EMAIL</span>EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN TO YOUR SENATOR'S OFFICE, you should call back today (best) or Monday and speak to the legislative aide again and specifically ask that she/her speak up in favor of Senate 1251 "at the Senate caucus on Tuesday" and ask that it be "engrossed in the Senate on Tuesday".<br>
and let xmasbaby7 know that you contacted a rep as she is keeping track of who has been contacted (thread: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=857301" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=857301</a>)<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">LOBBY<br>
MONDAY INFO</span><br>
LOBBY AT THE STATE HOUSE!!!! Monday will be a better day to lobby, although if you can come to the state house on Tuesday to lobby prior to the 2 pm session, that's great!<br><br><br><br>
We will have a group to lobby on MONDAY at 10:15 AM. PLEASE JOIN US!!!! Meet at the FOURTH FLOOR COFFEE SHOP. You will given handouts and instructions to set you on your way visiting the Senate.<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">TUESDAY INFO</span><br>
The next formal session of the legislature is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11 beginning at 2 pm. There will be a Senate caucus at 1 pm that day. That means that in a private session the Senate President will be meeting with all the Senators to discuss the items that they plan to take up in the session that follows at 2 pm.<br><br>
On TUESDAY, we need as many people as possible to be present in the Senate Gallery at 2 pm in time for the session. Senator Moore, our sponsor, will be steadfast in support, but all the Senators need to see the galleries filled with midwife supporters.<br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">OTHER USEFUL LINKS</span><br><br><br>
MA Friends of Midwives<br><a href="http://www.mfom.info/" target="_blank">http://www.mfom.info/</a><br><br>
Here's a website about the Nationwide campaign The Big Push for<br>
Midwifery:<br><a href="http://www.birthpolicy.org/" target="_blank">http://www.birthpolicy.org/</a><br><br><br>
Find your rep:<br><a href="http://www.mass.gov/legis/citytown.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mass.gov/legis/citytown.htm</a>
 

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Also there is a fact sheet that may be on the MA Midwifery Coalition website but was also posted here on an MDC thread (by user midwiferymatters) <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=856329" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=856329</a> and recopied below:<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">FACT SHEET</span><br><br>
Massachusetts Coalition for Midwifery<br>
Eastern and Western Massachusetts Chapters, American College of Nurse Midwives<br>
Massachusetts Midwives Alliance<br>
Massachusetts Friends of Midwives<br><br>
Fact Sheet: Senate 1251 (Moore) and House 2142 (Khan)<br>
An Act Relative to a Board of Registration in Midwifery<br><br>
Legislative History:<br>
This bill passed the Senate in the 2005-2006 legislative session.<br><br>
The Purpose of the Bill:<br>
The purpose of this bill is to have the Commonwealth set standards for the practice of midwifery in Massachusetts. The bill creates a Board of Registration of Midwifery, which will regulate the practice of Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs), Certified Midwives (CMs), and Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs).<br><br>
Current Law:<br>
Currently, the Commonwealth only regulates the practice of CNMs, through the Board of Registration in Nursing. There is no state oversight of CMs and CPMs. Midwives who are not nurses provide midwifery services to women across the state.<br><br>
Why This Bill is Needed:<br>
This bill is needed to ensure that midwifery care is practiced safely in all settings in Massachusetts, with clear standards set and state oversight by a Board of Registration in Midwifery. The bill articulates a definition of midwifery adopted by the World Health Organization and seeks to improve consumer access to midwifery services.<br><br>
What This Bill Does:<br><br>
• Establishes state oversight of midwifery through a Board of Registration of Midwifery, which will regulate the practice of CNMs, CMs, and CPMs.<br><br>
• Authorizes the Board and the Department of Public Health (DPH), in consultation with the Board of Midwifery, to promulgate regulations relative to prescriptive authority for CNMs and CMs, and the privilege of obtaining and administering medications necessary for the scope of practice of CNMs, CMs, and CPMs.<br><br>
• Establishes a special committee to coordinate the transfer of the midwifery licensing function of the Board of Registration in Nursing to the Board of Registration in Midwifery.<br><br><br>
Who Are the Midwives That Will be Affected by this Bill?<br><br>
Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs):<br>
Over 400 Certified Nurse Midwives are licensed in Massachusetts. CNMs:<br><br>
• Are currently regulated by the Board of Registration in Nursing.<br>
• May practice in any setting, including clinic, private office, hospital, birth center or home.<br>
• Receive mandated third party reimbursement, except through HMOs.<br>
• Have prescriptive authority, under the Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and DPH, under physician supervision.<br>
• Delivered 13.6 % of all babies born in Massachusetts in 1998 (11,064 births).<br>
• Practice in 111 practices across the state in 1999, in 2/3 of all hospitals with maternity services, and run 3 birth centers.<br><br>
Certified Midwives (CMs):<br>
The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) has decided that nursing is no longer a pre-requisite to practicing midwifery and will now certify non-nurse graduates of approved schools. There are currently no CMs practicing in Massachusetts because the credential is a new one. However, the CM Credential is approved in New York State and the program there is producing graduates who will eventually come to Massachusetts to practice. Under current law, these qualified midwives cannot be licensed to practice in Massachusetts.<br><br>
CMs have:<br>
• Skills equal to CNMs<br>
• Same training plus pre-requisite courses to make up for “nursing” component<br>
• Same level of skill, knowledge, and standards to practice as CNMs<br>
• Same required examination that CNMs have to take<br><br>
Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs):<br>
CPMs are independent practitioners who have met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and are qualified to provide the Midwifery Model of Care. The NARM certification process recognizes multiple routes of entry into midwifery and includes verification of knowledge and skills and the successful completion of both a written examination and skills assessment. The CPM credential requires training in out-of hospital settings. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not currently regulate CPM practice. There are approximately a dozen CPMs practicing in Massachusetts and this level of midwife is expected to grow in number in the near future.<br><br>
What is the Coalition for Midwifery?<br>
Three organizations have joined together to improve the practice of midwifery in Massachusetts:<br><br>
• Eastern and Western Massachusetts Chapters, American College of Nurse Midwives - professional organization of Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) and Certified Midwives (CMs)<br><br>
• Massachusetts Midwives Alliance - professional organization of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs)<br><br>
• Massachusetts Friends of Midwives (MFOM) - Consumer organization in support of midwifery services for women and their families.<br><br><br><br>
For more information, please call Mary Ann Hart, Hart Government Relations, at 617-864-1996 or <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> .<br><br>
3-11-07<br><br>
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And midwiferymatters added in another post:<br><br>
All 3 Midwifery coalitions have joined on this bill it includes CPMs<br><br>
We need to help pass this bill, here is some more info:<br><br>
. It regulates the independent practice of ALL midwives, for protection of the public. Midwives delivering babies in the home are not regulated now, and CPM's want regulation to increase safety for women.<br><br>
A board with a majority of midwives and consumers will regulate midwifery practice, which will increase the responsiveness of the board to real consumer protection and access needs and practice realities.<br><br>
The DPH and Board of Midwifery will regulate prescriptive practice for all midwives (and even CPM's need to use a certain set of medications and oxygen for safe practice).<br><br><br><br><br>
The Purpose of the Bill:<br>
The purpose of this bill is to have the Commonwealth set standards for the<br>
practice of midwifery in Massachusetts. The bill creates a Board of<br>
Registration of Midwifery, which will regulate the practice of Certified<br>
Nurse Midwives (CNMs), Certified Midwives (CMs), and Certified Professional<br>
Midwives (CPMs).<br><br>
Current Law:<br>
Currently, the Commonwealth only regulates the practice of CNMs, through the<br>
Board of Registration in Nursing. There is no state oversight of CMs and<br>
CPMs. Midwives who are not nurses provide midwifery services to women across<br>
the state.<br><br>
Why This Bill is Needed:<br>
This bill is needed to ensure that midwifery care is practiced safely in all<br>
settings in Massachusetts, with clear standards set and state oversight by a<br>
Board of Registration in Midwifery. The bill articulates a definition of<br>
midwifery adopted by the World Health Organization and seeks to improve<br>
consumer access to midwifery services.<br><br>
What This Bill Does:<br><br>
. Establishes state oversight of midwifery through a Board of<br>
Registration of Midwifery, which will regulate the practice of CNMs, CMs,<br>
and CPMs.<br><br>
. Authorizes the Board and the Department of Public Health (DPH), in<br>
consultation with the Board of Midwifery, to promulgate regulations relative<br>
to prescriptive authority for CNMs and CMs, and the privilege of obtaining<br>
and administering medications necessary for the scope of practice of CNMs,<br>
CMs, and CPMs.
 

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We are supposed to meet Monday at 10:15 at the 4th floor coffee shop in the senate, and we are asked to dress as professionally as possible.<br><br>
Bring your navy pinstripe ring sling! : )<br><br><br>
Thank you Jessica for your help with these unwieldy threads!
 

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4th FLOOR coffee shop! not 3rd!
 

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In case anyone had not heard the Senate session for today was canceled. Good or Bad this gives ACOG/AMA opposer's more time to lobby but it also gives Midwifery supporters more time as well.<br><br>
So use all of the info above to call and if you can organize a group of visitors to lobby, even better.<br><br>
It looks like the next session might be the 20th (next Thursday), but we don;t know for sure if we are on the agenda...I am sure more info will be posted soon.<br><br>
But, meanwhile, any calls or visits are appreciated.<br><br>
Yesterday we went around to the offices in a group of about 10 plus children and I think the numbers are so helpful to show support.<br><br>
Keep up the good work!
 

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ARRGG! I don't check in all that often so I missed this. Thanks for the update. If there is another group going I'll come! (assuming baby doesn't make his grand entrance in the next few days, LOL).
 

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thanks for the update Paige, daylight savings was not in our favor and dd woke up several times in the night w/ a cough -- and then slept in. At least she didn't end up being sick, but we did miss out as I didn't want to chance it.<br><br>
I hope to hear if something will work for next week. Wed. is a good day for us as I can usually have Josh at a friends making it a bit easier.<br><br>
Jessica
 

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The plan is to meet next Wednesday at the 4th floor coffee shop again and walk around as a group, then have our lunch together afterward. If the weather is nicer, the meeting place could be outside, but more later!
 

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is this the same group of ppl that i keep getting emails from audra about? i think if the weather is nice i will definitely join you. does anyone know anywhere free to park? or cheap atleast
 

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Parking is not cheap, unfortunately. But yes, this is the same group that Audra Karp would be emailing about.<br><br>
There is sometimes meter parking on Beacon Street along the common since the residents hold on the street expires at 8am.
 

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Parking is atrocious. I'd be coming from Plymouth. After driving around for 40 minutes to attend the midwifery panel at Suffolk, I think I will park at the T in Quincy or Braintree and take the subway in.<br>
There are garages but I have no idea how much they are, and I didn't want to find out.<br><br>
Of course, I didn't drive much around up the hill because it is difficult to loop around with the one way streets, but everythign on the lower side of the hill is all resident parking- -and some spaces are metered till 6 and then turn to resident parking-- so those spaces would be good for you, if you can find one-- but they have 2 hour limits for .25 per 15 minutes.<br><br>
I knew it would be bad and since I was coming from Arlington around the time people were leaving work around 5:00, I figured I'd be lucky and find a spot that someone vacated. No such luck. And at 6:00 I got the LAST metered spot on the street that opens up for parking at 6:00 (from 4-6 the meters are tow zones-- and meter cops were there at 5:40 when I was driving by hoping to just sit in one till 6).. And the nice gentleman that gave me a quarter (he didn't want my change) because a different meter had eaten my quarters.... it was fun, but a bad mommy moment too.<br><br>
Sorry, I can go on about how bad the parking is... but it can be pretty bad. I was lucky my lo was asleep the whole time.<br><br>
Jessica
 

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On a semi-good note, I wanted to mention that a rep from Senator Murray's office (Senate Pres) called me today. He mentioned that the bill was currently being 'looked' at to work on some issues, but didn't know what they were.<br>
I just reiterated my support.<br><br>
Anyone know.... I'm not really on any of the email loops, except an occasional one gets forwarded here or there...<br><br>
Jessica
 
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