I received this email from Constance Rock, President of the California Midwives Association around 2am this morning. There is a legislative initiative that is brewing in California that has the potential to expand midwifery care, or not. Our voices are needed at this time regarding bill AB1308.
This is about choice and access, not about what you did or didn’t do in your birth with your baby. Choice and support of choice so that all women and families have safe options in birthing is important and essential for a society.
I have cut and pasted Constance’s letter in it’s entirety below so you can read it for yourself. Thanks, Alisa
May 18, 2013
Dear Clients and Midwifery Supporters,
I’m reaching out today to ask you for your support. The laws governing licensed midwives in California are changing and we need your help to insure they actually meet the needs of midwives and the families we serve.
California Families for Access to Midwives is working hard to ensure that AB1308—an important bill with real potential to expand access to midwifery care—is written to meet the needs of deserving families across the state. AB1308 is now at a critical juncture and we need all of our supporters to speak up, write up, and stand up for midwives!
To learn more about how you can help midwives support California families click here
If you live in Contra Costa or Solano County (14th Assembly District):
Please reach out to Assemblywoman Bonilla at: email@example.com
or (916) 319-2014.
Please thank Assemblywoman Bonilla for introducing AB1308, which already includes some language that supports midwives. But let her know that AB1308 does not go far enough in expanding access to midwifery care for the women who need it the most. Encourage Assemblywoman Bonilla to amend AB1308 to:
*Allow licensed midwives to become independent Medi-Cal providers so that midwives can provide comprehensive out-of-hospital maternity care to families of all income levels
*Authorize state licensure for freestanding birth centers operated by licensed midwives so that families across our state can access a wider variety of out-of-hospital birth options
If you live in Los Angeles (26th Senate District):
Please contact Senator Curren Price at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (916)651-4026.
Ask Senator Price to amend AB1308 with the same changes we are asking of Assemblywoman Bonilla (see above).
To double-check which district you fall in, click on the following link and insert your address: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
If you do not live in either of these districts:
You can still support us by signing one of our petitions at: www.change.org/organizations/cafamiliesformidwives, and encouraging your friends and family members to do the same.
Removing barriers and expanding access to licensed midwifery care will improve outcomes for mothers and babies, reduce disparities in maternity care, and result in significant cost savings for our cash-strapped state.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for any support you are able to give. Anything you can do will make a difference.
Constance Rock, LM, CPM
President, California Association of Midwives