Actions to Support CPMs and Out of Hospital Birth!
Posted Oct 28 2009 12:00am
Dear Friends, As the Senate and House are in the final weeks and days of preparing their Health Reform bills for floor debate, THIS IS THE TIME to write letters and anything else you can do to make sure your Senators and Representatives in Washington, DC, know that you want CPMs included at the federal level! This e-mail includes three things to as soon as possible! 1. The MAMA Campaign continues working in DC to have Certified Professional Midwives included on the federal list of Medicaid Providers. Please write a brief letter to your Senators and Representatives today! They need to hear from their constituents! Even if you think your Congress people have already decided not to vote for any health reform bill, write to them anyway about CPMs. You can find all the needed information (including sample letter language and links for finding who your representative and senators are and how to contact them) at the Take Action page of the MAMA Campaign website: http://www.mamacampaign.org/contact-your-legislator/ 2. The National Women’s Law Center has produced a brief video “A Woman Is Not a Preexisting Condition!” that you can see at: http://awomanisnotapreexistingcondition.com/ They have an email setup right on that page to send emails to Congress about this issue, which has a section to add your own words. This is a great opportunity to add some sentences about CPMs, birth centers, and out of hospital birth in general. Thanks to Susan Jenkins for sending this information! 3. The Big Push for Midwives is encouraging everyone to sign their petition supporting CPMs and out-of-hospital birth. This is easy to do, and you are encouraged to forward this request to others. The petition sign-up is at: http://tinyurl.com/Support-CPMs-Petition. Find the full text of the Big Push notice at the end of this message. This is our chance! Let’s make sure Congress “gets it” about Certified Professional Midwives! Sincerely, Susan Hodges, “gatekeeper” ======================================================= SHARE WITH OTHERS IN YOUR AREA! Feel free to forward the Grassroots Network messages to others who might be interested! SEND US NEWS! If you find news, resources, or other valuable information that you think should be posted on the Grassroots Network, please send it to info@cfmidwifery. org... with "For the grassroots network" in the subject line. We will definitely consider using them! HOW TO JOIN THE GRASSROOTS NETWORK LIST Visit the Citizens for Midwifery website at http://www.cfmidwifery.org/. Scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your e-mail address. It's that simple! LEARN ABOUT CfM! Check out our website at http://www.cfmidwifery.org/. Check out our blog at cfmidwifery.blogspot.com Find our Group and Cause pages on Facebook Find us on My Space JOIN Citizens for Midwifery! Membership starts at only $10 to become a "Citizen" for Midwifery Upgrade and receive the CfM News starting at $30 ($20 for students) Easy to join on-line with a credit card go to http://cfmidwifery.org/join GET INVOLVED! Are you interested in volunteering with some dynamic women in a supportive environment? Help CfM promote the Midwives Model of Care! We have many ways to get more involved. Get in touch with us! =============================================================== From The Big Push: Push the Petition! We’re Almost 10,000 Strong! Please take a minute to sign your name in support of Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital birth today! http://tinyurl.com/Support-CPMs-Petition We need to reach our goal of 10,000 names this week, as Congress moves closer to taking final action on health care reform legislation. All members of Congress need to know that support for CPMs and out-of-hospital birth in their state is strong! Be sure to forward this message far and wide and ask your family and friends to lend their support to the cause. Midwives, it is especially important for you to let your clients know that we need them to speak up! If you live in one of the following states, we really need you to act. We can’t allow Delaware’s Congressional delegation to believe that only 11 people in the entire state support midwives and home birth! If you live in Delaware, spread the word NOW! Or Utah, South Dakota, Vermont, New Hampshire, West Virginia and Wyoming! Surely there are at least 100 people in each of these states who can let their elected officials in DC know how much they support access to midwifery care! Most states have hundreds of signatures, some close to 1000. But if you live President Obama’s home state of Hawaii, or in Senator McCaskill’s home state, Missouri, or in her neighbor state, Kansas, Congress needs to hear your voices today! We can’t afford to allow any members of Congress to think that there are fewer than 100 midwifery supporters in ANY state! If you have family or friends in any of the states mentioned, please reach out to them. Those are states with fewer than 100 signatures but we need ALL the states to give the petition one more Push over the top so we can reach our goal and put Congress on notice that we want access to CPMs now! http://tinyurl.com/Support-CPMs-Petition
Thanks! Stephanie Beck Borden Grassroots Organizer, The Big Push For Midwives Campaign