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Homebirth Lobby Day 2015 A Great Success

For Options, For Dignity, For Midwives 

2015 Rally & Lobby Day A Huge Success

February 2015


Over 150 people came down to Annapolis to participate in Homebirth Lobby Day on January 22, 2015! This was our best ever turnout for our annual lobby day collaboratively organized by MFSB and the Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland (AIMM).

Thanks to the overwhelming effort of everyone
 present, supporters for the licensure of Certified Professional Midwives attended scheduled visits with approximately 120 legislators. 

It is safe to say that we took over the House Office Building lounge with our  visit preparation, kids corner activity zone, thank-you card station, and overall energy that surrounds our community.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this very successful event. Licensure for CPMs in Maryland is closer than ever.

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Bill Status

Also on Wednesday, February 11th, our bill was heard in the senate EHEA committee and the HGO committee. This years' bill is significantly different from last years' bill, as our sponsors and AIMM testified. We have made huge progress from last years' session, and for the first time both DHMH and BON supported with amendments. Our delegates and senators were on point with their questions.  Delegate Krebs pointed out problems with the methodology of the Wax study (quoted by the opposition as evidence that homebirth is unsafe), which make it nonapplicable to our issue. Delegate Morhaim committed to helping to forge a VBAC compromise with DHMH. The number one remaining issue is VBAC, and we are hopeful that we can reach a compromise that will maintain access to VBAC at home with a CPM. If this happens, there is a good chance that our bill will pass this year! 

Now is the time to follow up with your senators in particular and ask them to support our bill. This is the first year that the senate has heard our bill, so constituent letters can make a big difference. Every single vote matters when our bill reaches the general assemblies, so please take a few minutes and remind your representatives that you want them to vote YES to HB9 and SB105!!
Find your representatives.
Guidelines for Writing Letters.


MFSB Board and Leadership Team



 

 








 


UPCOMING

EVENTS

Sunday, April 26
Miles for Midwives
5K Run
and
1-Mile Family Stroll
Downtown Frederick
 

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