Consumers advocating for licensure of home birth midwives in Massachusetts
The bill is filed!
HB1189/SB1206 "An Act Relative to Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety" is sponsored by Representative Kay Khan and Senator Anne Gobi.
In Massachusetts today, most home births are attended by unlicensed midwives. This bill would require all unlicensed midwives practicing in out-of-hospital settings to become licensed and carry the Certified Professional Midwife credential. This licensure bill will improve the safety of home birth, promote public health, increase access to maternity care, and save money.
The following Representatives have signed-on as cosponsors of the bill: Sarah K. Peake, Bradford R. Hill, Elizabeth A. Malia, Ruth B. Balser, Jennifer E. Benson, James M. Cantwell, Marjorie C. Decker, Carolyn C. Dykema, James B. Eldridge, Dylan Fernandes, Kenneth I. Gordon, Jonathan Hecht, Mary S. Keefe, Robert M. Koczera,Stephen Kulik, Michael J. Moran, William Smitty Pignatelli, Denise Provost, John W. Scibak, Todd M. Smola, Thomas M. Stanley, Aaron Vega, Chris Walsh, and Bud Williams.
Senators can still sign-on as co-sponsors, so call your State Senator and ask them to co-sponsor SB1206 today!
Read our fact sheet about the bill.
Read the full text of the bill.
"Why Not Home?" Screening and Panel Discussion on October 13, 2016
On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Bay State Birth Coalition held a screening of Why Not Home? Why Not Home is the new film exploring the stories of doctors, midwives, and nurses who attend births in the hospital, but choose to have their own babies at home. Watch the trailer.
Our panel discussion following the film featured: "Why Not Home" filmmaker Jessicca Moore (a family nurse practitioner in California); Bill Barth MD (chief of maternal fetal medicine at MGH); Bayla Ostrach PhD (medical anthropologist at BU); and Tara Kenny (certified professional midwife attending home births in the Boston area). The panel was moderated by post-partum doula and public health advocate, Divya Kumar. Special introduction to the film by Judy Norsigian, founder Our Bodies, Ourselves.