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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Dear Homebirth Mommas!<br><br><br>
The public member position on the Texas Midwifery Board has an opening. This is your chance to make a difference for all women that birth outside of the hospital. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 17, 2006. Homebirth consumers NEED a thinking consumer in this position. We need someone that is willing to look at the whole picture of the future of choices in birth.<br><br>
We have two doctors on the Midwifery Board. What's up with that? There are NO other boards under the DSHS umbrella that have any positions on their Boards for other professions. It makes as much sense as a vet being on the dental review board! Why would one profession have an interest in regulating another profession??? Medical Review Board: 2/3 doctors, 1/3 public members. Nursing Board: 2/3 nurses, 1/3 public members. Chiropractic Board: 2/3 chiropractors, 1/3 public members. Yet the midwifery board has, 5/9 midwives, 2/9 doctors, 2/9 public members. What does that mean? The DOCTORS have one midwife position and one of YOUR positions as public member. Doctors hold these positions to regulate consumer choices from the inside. When they regulate your midwife, they regulate you. They claim their reason for having doctors on the Midwifery Board is to protect the public (from midwives)!<br><br>
The midwifery board meeting 3-4 times a year in Austin and you will be compensated for travel and a daily per diem for serving your State! Please follow this link and print an application if you are interested in preserving your rights as a consumer to make decisions regarding birth: <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/midwife/mw_vacancies.shtm" target="_blank">http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/midwife/mw_vacancies.shtm</a><br><br>
Blessing to all, Stacy Lewis, SAAMA public relations representative<br><br>
P.S. I’ve ruffled more than a few feathers on the Board. It might be a wise decision not to mention my name on your application!!! “Well behaved women rarely make history!”</td>
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