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Legislation to Support Expansion of the Birth Center Model

The BABIES Act

The BABIES Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Katherine Clark and Rep. Buddy Carter would establish demonstration model Birth and Health Centers in 6 states for women in areas with limited access to care.  This model of care has been shown in the Strong Start Initiative to reduce preterm and low birth weight births, reduce cesarean births, and lead to significant cost savings due to better outcomes.

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Advocate for the BABIES Act

STEP 1:  Look up your U.S. Congressperson in BirthCenters.org account profile or at https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.

STEP 2: Send an email to your U.S. Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor to the BABIES Act. Below is a sample email - fill in your own information, background, and name of birth center where you work if applicable.

Dear Representative ____________:

I am writing as your constituent about an important and pressing issue.  I am a (midwife, women’s healthcare provider, advocate for women, birth center owner).  As more hospitals close their maternity units, more women lose access to quality prenatal care, and other vital preventative care.  

The BABIES Act, co-Sponsored by Rep. Katherine Clark and Rep. Buddy Carter would establish demonstration model Birth and Health Centers in 6 states for women in areas with limited access to care.  This model of care has been shown in the Strong Start Initiative to reduce preterm and low birth weight births, reduce cesarean births, and lead to significant cost savings due to better outcomes.

I am providing links to a summary of the Bill (link) and some data from Strong Start (link) with this email.  Please contact me if any questions or our federal lobbyist-Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, at 202-347-0034, X 101 for more information about this important issue.

Sincerely,
(Your name and contact information)

 

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