Thank you Representative Kay Khan
& Senator Anne Gobi
Sponsors of Massachusetts HB1189/SB1206 for
Out-of-Hospital Birth Access & Safety
On January 18, 2017, Massachusetts Representative Kay Khan of Newton and Senator Anne Gobi of Spencer filed HB1189/SB1206 (now HB4655) An Act Relative to Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety. Massachusetts families are fortunate to have the leadership of Representative Khan and Senator Gobi advancing the issue of accessible and safe maternity care.
This issue has broad support from Democrat and Republican lawmakers across the state including Representatives 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, Bradford R. Hill, Mary S. Keefe, Robert M. Koczera, Stephen Kulik, Elizabeth A. Malia, Michael J. Moran, Sarah K. Peake, William Smitty Pignatelli, Denise Provost, John W. Scibak, Todd M. Smola, Thomas M. Stanley, Aaron Vega, Chris Walsh, and Bud Williams as well as Senators Michael J. Barrett, Julian Cyr, Sal N. DiDomenico, James B. Eldridge, Cindy F. Friedman, Patricia D. Jehlen, Jason M. Lewis, and Michael F. Rush.
It's about access to high-quality maternity care in all birth settings
In Massachusetts each year, hundreds of families choose to have their babies at home. While Certified Nurse Midwives primarily attend hospital births and are licensed by the state, Certified Professional Midwives must practice unlicensed here and their care cannot be covered by Masshealth or most private insurance. People with low risk pregnancies choose home birth to have dedicated and continuous and personalized care from providers they know and trust, to reduce the likelihood of medical intervention and c-section, to labor in comfortable and familiar surroundings, or for a variety of other cultural, religious, personal, or health reasons. Across the nation, most states now recognize midwives who attend home births, leading to excellent health outcomes and cost savings. It's time all Massachusetts families had access to high-quality maternity care in all birth settings.
Passing HB4655 in 2018
Go to baystatebirth.org/act to find out how you can join the movement for midwives in Massachusetts.