Join the movement for a midwifery model of care!

September 08, 2009

Several important national and local campaigns for midwifery and improved maternity care are building steam. You can learn more and take action in your area.

The M.A.M.A. campaign is working across a broad coalition to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice.

Campaigns in several states, including New Jersey and Connecticut, called Worst to First 2010, are directly challenging hospital cesarean surgery and episiotomy rates through protests and other actions. You can join their efforts to pressure hospitals to re-train staff in evidence-based practices and improve their procedure rates to be in line with World Health Organization recommendations.

The Big Push for Midwives Campaign represents thousands of grassroots advocates in the United States who support expanding access to Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital maternity care. The mission of The Big Push includes educating the public and policymakers about the reduced costs and improved outcomes associated with out-of-hospital maternity care and Certified Professional Midwives, the maternity care providers trained to provide that service.

There are many other organizations doing great work to advocate for midwifery. If you want to get involved there may be groups active in your area as well.