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UPCOMING EVENT: Join us on Thursday, October 13, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, for a screening of Why Not Home?, 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. Buy Tickets for Why Not Home? on October 13.
Watch the trailer.
Our panel discussion following the film will feature:"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), andTara Kenny (certified professional midwife attending home births in the Boston area).
The panel will be moderated by post-partum doula and public health advocate, Divya Kumar.Special introduction to the film byJudy Norsigian, founder Our Bodies, Ourselves.
Buy Tickets for Why Not Home? on October 13.
There is currently no state oversight of home birth midwives practicing in Massachusetts.
We support a pathway to licensure for all such midwives that would require they carry the Certified Professional Midwife (or CPM) credential.
Families choosing home birth in Massachusetts deserve the security of knowing that their care provider is regulated by the state, properly credentialed, and integrated into the broader health care system.
The 2015-2016 legislative session has come to a close. Although the House Committee on Ways & Means did not bring the bill to license certified professional midwives (CPMs) to a vote, you certainly let them know how you feel! So let’s congratulate ourselves on laying a strong foundation for the next session! We educated lawmakers, we made our voices heard, and learned a lot about how to be successful in the future.
So you’re probably wondering, “what’s next?" In the lead-up to the next legislative session, look for announcements for events, such as our screening of Why Not Home on October 13 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. We will also be reviewing our legislative effort and bringing in additional volunteers. Please contact us if you'd like to get involved.
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Do you dream of a Massachusetts where families have clear and transparent information when seeking a midwife for home birth? Where MassHealth and private insurers provide reimbursement, expanding access to home birth? Where home birth midwives can collaborate freely with doctors and hospitals when needed? Where Certified Professional Midwives can open free standing birth centers? Where more families have the confidence to choose home birth? Licensure is the first step to making these dreams a reality.Bay State Birth Coalition supports a bill to license CPMs that:
- Creates a process for licensure of homebirth midwives in Massachusetts based on the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential
- Requires all practicing midwives to obtain a license
- Establishes a regulatory body controlled by CPMs
No bill will guarantee insurance coverage or friendly hospital transfers, but licensure is an important step toward enabling those goals.30 other states currently license Certified Professional Midwives. We know this dream can be realized.
Tell us your reasons for supporting the bill.
______________________________________________________________________For the legislative session ending in 2016, we supported HB1998/SB1156 which successfully passed through the Joint Committee on Public Health and the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. Unfortunately, the bill was still in the House Committee on Ways & Means when the legislative session ended (along with a lot of other bills). If your legislator was a co-sponsor of the bill, thank them for working to license Certified Professional Midwives in Massachusetts.House sponsors: Kay Khan, Michael J. Moran, Ellen Story, Denise C. Garlick, Timothy R. Madden, Aaron Vega, Cory Atkins, Ruth B. Balser, Jennifer E. Benson, James M. Cantwell, Marjorie C. Decker, Marcos A. Devers, Stephen L. DiNatale, Carolyn C. Dykema, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Linda Dorcena Forry, Gloria L. Fox, Sean Garballey, Kenneth I. Gordon, Jonathan Hecht, Mary S. Keefe, Robert M. Koczera, Paul McMurtry, Michael O. Moore, Sarah K. Peake, William Smitty Pignatelli, Denise Provost, John W. Scibak, Thomas M. Stanley, Benjamin Swan, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Chris WalshSenate sponsors: Anne M. Gobi, Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael F. Rush, Marjorie C. Decker, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Mary S. Keefe, Todd M. Smola