The AMA’s “Resolution 205 on Home Deliveries” and reactions to it have continued to be in the news and on blogs.
For example, ABC News ran a story on July 11 and so far there have already been 170 comments, with most people expressing strong feelings that home birth should remain a choice, and that the AMA is out of line.
Many of you may want to write letters to the editor (especially in response to news articles) or write on blogs. Several organizations have now come out with formal statements, which include information and quotes that could be useful:
The Midwives Alliance of North America has posted a "President’sEditorial: Doctors Ignore Evidence, AMA Seeks to Deny Women Choices in Childbirth" that includes excellent information as well as references.
The Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives posted a press
“Midwives Remain Committed to Women’s Birth Choices, Despite AMA Resolution that Aims to Restrict Them.”
Holistic Moms Network has a press release “Parenting Group Denounces AMA Resolution Against Homebirth: Members of the Holistic Moms Network Say Homebirth is a Safe Choice And Must Remain a Legal Right.”
The ACNM also has a statement but it is only accessible to ACNM members (as of Sunday evening 7/13/08).
This will not be the last Grassroots Network Message on this topic and what you can do!
Susan Hodges, “gatekeeper”