I had written last week on this blog about the Midwifery Modernization Act that was pending before the New York State Legislature. Well, despite a really hard core lobbying campaign by the American College of OB/GYNs, a group of midwives have prevailed! The New York State Senate just voted unanimously to support the right of midwives to practice their trade in New York State, providing a huge boost to maternal health in the state. Congratulations especially goes to organizations of midwives and maternal health advocates that worked tirelessly to FREE OUR MIDWIVES!
The struggle for the rights of expectant mothers continues however, so please go to AIUSA’s maternal health page for more information about what you can do to help.
If you live in New York State, you can contact your state Senator and thank them for their vote to protect the rights of expectant mothers in their state.