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Legislative Alert February 2015

Legislative Alert

February 2015

 

TIME TO CELEBRATE . . .

TIME TO TAKE ACTION

For the first time ever, birth centers are recognized as a level within the long-accepted regionalization of maternity health services. The original regionalization model of Level I, II, and III previously included only hospitals.  

The second significant element of this statement is that CPMs and other licensed midwives are listed as birth center providers along with CNMs and CMs.

 

Here is the groundbreaking document, "Levels of Maternity Care" from ACOG/SMFM.  

 

TAKE ACTION NOW: THE OBs AND MFMs ARE ON OUR SIDE!

 "Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much" Helen Keller 

Contact your members in Congress by following these easy steps:

  • Identify your Congress people - not sure who they are? Go to opencongress.org, enter your zip code.
  • Click on a Congress member's name and you will be taken to his/her page.
  • On the right side of the page, you will be able to choose either a contact webform, email or fax to send this message.
  • Please do not send printed or hand written letters. The mail in Washington, DC is terribly slow.
  • Cut and paste the below text into your preferred method of delivery and send it along.
  • Don't forget to tell us who you contacted!

 

SAMPLE TEXT for email or fax:

Dear Senator or Representative (last name):

I am writing to share with you the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine(SMFM) "Obstetric Care Consensus: Levels of Maternal Care".  

 

This consensus document is important that for the first time, freestanding birth centers are recognized as a level within the regionalization of maternity services. In the past only hospitals were recognized in Level I, II, or III.

 

This support for birth centers also recognizes all types of midwives: Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) and other licensed midwives that are listed as birth center providers along Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and Certified Midwives(CMs).

 

Our birth center and professional association looks forward to working with Congress, ACOG and SMFM in implementation of these new provisions.

 

I can be reached at <> for more information about our birth center or this document. Also, feel free to contact Kate Bauer, Executive Director, American Association of Birth Centers at 215.234.8068 or katebauer@birthcenters.org.

 

Respectfully,

Name

Title

Name of birth center

Address

 

 


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