Friday, June 19, 2009

Grassroots Network: MAMA Campaign in Washington, DC!

Dear Friends,

Here is what the MAMA Campaign is up to! Don’t forget to go to the site to sign up for updates directly from the MAMA Campaign!

Susan Hodges, “gatekeeper”

MAMA Campaign Bulletin from Washington DC

June 18, 2009

This week over twenty midwives and consumers traveled to Washington DC to visit their legislators and tell them about Certified Professional Midwives! The midwives are enthusiastically talking to key legislators about how they are part of the solution to our health care crisis. Today, the moms are passionately talking to key legislators about how the care they received with midwives gave them safe, healthy, cost-effective births.

Amber, a mom from Washington State who is in DC this week stated, “My birth with a CPM was covered by my insurance and I want to ensure that other women across the country have the same access I had in Washington State.” So we’ll be sharing how critical Medicaid and other coverage is to making the quality care CPMs provide accessible to women across the country.

Midwives and mothers who are constituents of key legislators were contacted by the MAMA Campaign over the past weekend. The response to invitations to come to DC this week­on very short notice­has been remarkable. With a few days, women found people to care for their kids, and midwives got their clients covered and dropped their lives to come and lobby their congressional members on behalf of CPMs.

Stay tuned for ways you can help too. In a few days we will be sending you information about what you can do to help the MAMA Campaign achieve federal recognition of CPMs.

Thank you for your support. Visit to sign-up with the MAMA Campaign and donate to the campaign.
The MAMA Campaign Steering Committee

The Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign, is a partnership of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC).

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