I believe that pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy processes and should not be treated as illness or disease and that women and babies have the inherent wisdom necessary for birth.
I believe that midwives can obtain quality education and experience in a variety of ways and programs, including certified nurse midwifery and direct-entry midwifery.
I believe that women need access to professional midwives whose educational and credentialing process provides them with expertise in out-of-hospital birth as well as hospital-based and clinical care that extends beyond the childbearing cycle.
I believe that empowering and safe births can and do take place in a variety of settings including birth centers, hospitals, and homes.
I believe that every woman should have the opportunity to give birth as she wishes in an environment in which she feels nurtured and secure and her emotional well-being, privacy, and personal preferences are respected, whether that be in a hospital, birthing center, or at home and I believe that women in every part of the United States DESERVE THAT CHOICE!
(Excerpts from my post My Philosophy: Birth, Breastfeeding, and Advocacy)
Because of all of these things I support The Big Push For Midwives Campaign 2009 and I want to share with all of you a bit more about it!!
According to BigPushTube:
“The Big Push for Midwives Campaign builds state-level advocacy campaigns to license Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and educates national policymakers about out-of-hospital maternity care.
[The Big Push for Midwives Campaign] works tirelessly to:
1) Educate state and national policymakers about the reduced costs and improved outcomes associated with out-of-hospital maternity care. $9.1 BILLION IN SAVINGS PER YEAR.
2) Support advocacy groups working for state licensure in the 24 states where out-of-hospital practice by CPMs is under threat of criminal prosecution.
3) Encourage mothers to tell their stories because only grassroots activists will be able to topple the money/power vested in keeping the status quo.
4) Advocate for CPM guaranteed reimbursement in National Health Reform, the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan, Tricare, and Medicaid/Medicare.
5) Support freestanding birth centers seeking guaranteed Medicaid reimbursement, and midwives advocating for equitable Medicaid reimbursement rates.
The Big Push for Midwives Campaign empowers midwife advocates and moms groups as they promote increased access to out-of-hospital maternity care and the Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) who are specially trained to provide it.
Our dedicated campaigners, or “Pushers” as they are affectionately known, help to educate the people in power (at the insurance companies, in the hospital associations, in the Statehouses, and on Capitol Hill) about the reduced costs and improved outcomes associated with using out-of-hospital maternity care and CPMs, who are specially trained to provide it, and works to widely share the stories of U.S. citizens who choose CPMs as their maternity care providers.”
I found this video on YouTube and I got all verklempt watching it!! (Perhaps it was partly related to the beautiful song that was playing throughout the movie! I’m such a sap!) It’s only about 4 minutes long so if you have a chance please take a look!
Our mothers and babies in this country DESERVE better care than what they are receiving!! They DESERVE a midwifery model of care (whether that is provided by a certified nurse midwife, a certified professional midwife, a family practice physician, or an obstetrician). They DESERVE to have CHOICES in childbirth that are proven to promote the best outcomes for both mothers and babies. And they deserve these choices to be LEGAL!
Have you ever heard the term “lay midwife”? Are you under the impression that a “lay midwife” doesn’t have any education and that all midwives who attend out of hospital births are “lay midwives?” Do you want to know what the term “lay midwife” is really referring to? Are you interested in learning what the real differences are between the different types of midwives? Are you interested in learning more about how midwives train and what type of education they obtain? If so please check out: FAQ about Midwives and Midwifery by Citizens for Midwifery (CfM) and Midwifery Definitions by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).
Have any of you ever received care from a certified professional midwife? I’d love to hear about it!