Rep. Kay Khan and Sen. Becca Rausch file the Out-of-Hospital Birth Access & Safety Act

On January 18, 2019 the Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety Act was filed by Representative Kay Khan and Senator Becca Rausch. If passed, Massachusetts will join the 33 other states that recognize Certified Professional Midwives, experts in attending births at home and in birth centers. Licensed midwives will be eligible to accept Medicaid/MassHealth and permitted to carry life-saving medications.

The evidence is clear that integrating all midwives into a state’s health care system improves outcomes for moms & babies.

The time is now to...

  • Address our maternal health crisis through greater use of midwives

  • Create equitable access to birth choices

  • Ensure safety and quality in out-of-hospital birth settings

  • Eliminate maternity care deserts through greater use of community-based midwives

  • Join the 33 other states that recognize Certified Professional Midwives