Friday, January 16, 2009

Grassroots Network: CfM’s maternity care reform message to Obama-Biden team

Dear Friends,

Citizens for Midwifery presents our recommendations to the Obama-Biden transition team: “Maternity Care: A Priority for Health Care Reform”, now on the CfM website here.

We have posted our statement to the Your Seat at the Table section of, (the place for organizations to submit white papers, recommendations, etc.). The document includes practical ideas for improving access to credentialed midwives in all settings, increasing evidence-based care, increasing accountability and transparency, and eliminating the legal/economic incentives to perform more and more interventions in childbirth.

Other documents have been submitted, for example by Childbirth Connection, “Health Care Reform Priorities for High Quality, High Value Maternity Care,”
and by the Midwives Alliance of North America, “Reforming Maternity Care in America: Recommendations to the Obama-Biden Transition Team on Maternity Health Care," and probably others that we do not know of. As yet, searches of Your Seat at the Table at (childbirth, maternity care, midwife, midwifery, etc.) do not turn up any documents at all, and we are working to find out what the problem is.

These are valuable documents arguing for change in maternity care! Please read these documents, forward the links, quote from them, use them with your legislators and state policy-makers!

Susan Hodges, “gatekeeper”

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