Thursday, January 22, 2009

Update from The Big Push

Thank you to everyone who emailed the Transition Team yesterday about including Certified Professional Midwives in federal healthcare reform. You totally rock!

While it's not possible to get an exact count, by all indications we not only met our goal of 5,000 emails, but exceeded it beyond even our most hopeful expectations.

Even better, our collective outreach efforts helped us extend beyond the usual networks of midwifery supporters to people outside of the traditional community of activists, to help them let the Obama administration know that access to the full range of maternity-care providers and settings is not a "fringe" issue but is important to people from all walks of life.

We have no doubt that there will be more opportunities in the near future to flex our grassroots muscle again and continue educating the new administration about the vital role that Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital maternity care can play in healthcare reform. In the meantime, though, please pat yourselves on the back for a job well done!

And many thanks to Jane Peterson, Katie Prown and Susan Jenkins of The Big Push for Midwives steering committee for conceiving the idea, and to Sabrina McIntyre for using her Facebook skills to spread it far and wide. What we did together yesterday is just the tip of the iceberg!

Steff Hedenkamp | Communications Coordinator | | 816.506.4630

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