From CfM President Susan Hodges:
I have just returned home from the Big Push for Midwives campaign launch in Chicago! The organizers of the campaign did a fantastic and very professional job! While not many media people actually showed up in person, the campaign contacted many many people in both local and national press, and the more the Big Push does, the more the media will pay attention. Also, all of you who blog, the more discussions there are on blogs, any blogs, about maternity care, CPMs and especially the Big Push for Midwives Campaign, the more likely the press is to pay attention.
The Big Push website is now live! It includes the contents of the Press Packet prepared for the launch yesterday, and just in, a wonderful statement by Ricki Lake supporting the Big Push campaign! More is being added to the website each day, so keep checking back. There will be reports (and photos!) of the various Rallies and other Push Day events that were held in quite a few states. Keep checking back!
Media coverage has varied. The good news is that The Big Push for Midwives launch was featured in the Chicago Tribune! The bad news is that the reporter mistakenly characterized CPMs as lay midwives. You can read the article here.
Katie Prown, Campaign Manager for The Big Push for Midwives 2008 wrote in an e-mail: Please, please, please flood the comments section with corrections. "Lay" means untrained. CPMs are not lay midwives, they're professional midwives. They're not lay practitioners, they're healthcare professionals. To refer to a CPM as a lay midwife is an oxymoron, just as it would be to refer to a Certified Nurse Midwife as a lay midwife. We need to hammer away at these points because the last thing we want is to fall into ACOG's trap of accusing us of promoting the licensure of "lay" providers.
So, COMMENTS and LETTERS to the editor are NEEDED as soon as possible! A link to post a comment is found at the end of the article.
At the same time, the Jan. 28 edition of NEWSWEEK has a great article: “Birth the American Way.”It focuses especially on the Business of Being Born but includes a quote from Jennifer Block and other good points. Don’t hesitate to write a letter to the editor of Newsweek!!! You can write a comment at the end of the article. I just checked, and there are A LOT of comments already, many defending cesarean sections! So, here is another opportunity to comment positively about normal, undisturbed birth with midwives, and correct misinformation. You don’t have to read all the comments the most recent ones will give you a sense of the conversation, and are likely to be the ones current viewers are reading. You can also write a letter to the editor (see a print copy of Newsweek for information on how to send in a letter).
Susan Hodges, “gatekeeper”