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Legislative Alert - December 2015


Legislative Alert

Ms. Breedlove Goes To Washington


Ginger Breedlove, President of ACNM,

is Testifying in DC TOMORROW!

Tomorrow, (Wednesday December 9) Ginger Breedlove, President of ACNM and AABC member, will be in DC totestifyat a hearing on behalf of H.R.1209, S.628, The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act.

Ginger sent out a call for our help: “Wouldn't it be great if birth center supporters FLOODED our House of Representative and Senate offices about this important bill for access to maternity care and birthing centers! Please help us!”
We want to respond to her request with at least 50 calls today!


About the Bill:

This bill would improve access to birth centers because once it is passed, National Health Service Corps loan repayment would be available for midwives recruited to work in birth center in maternity shortage areas. (Currently HRSA/NHSC covers education loan repayment for CNMs, but AABC is hoping this can be expanded to CPMs in the near future.)


About the Hearing:

The Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA), has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Examining Legislation to Improve Health Care and Treatment.” The subcommittee will continue its efforts to advance critical legislation that will address shortcomings in current law and reauthorize an important nursing training program.


What you should do:

  • Call your Representatives and Senators TODAY (speak to Health Care Staff) and tell them you work in and/or support birth centers and you want them to co-sponsor H.R. 1209 or S. 628.
  • Log into your profile at
  • In the My Profile box, click Profile Home > Bio > click your representatives and their DC phone number is there.
  • Call (215.234.8068) or email the AABC national office ( to let them know you called.


  • This bill will identify areas of the country where women do not have access to maternity care providers—midwives, OB/Gyns and family physicians who provide OB care.
  • The bill would establish professional shortage areas for maternity care, similar to shortage designations now in place for primary care, dental and mental health services.
  • Once identified, these areas could be targeted to recruit midwives and physicians to work in clinics and birth centers to improve access for mothers who now have to drive long distances for care.
  • Eugene Declercq, PhD, a professor in Boston University’s School of Public Health, found that in 2011, 56 percent of US counties had no CNMs, 46 percent of counties had no OB/GYNs and 40 percent of counties had neither a CNM nor an OB/GYN to provide direct patient care.
  • For millions of women, shortages of maternity care providers can result in long waiting times for appointments and long travel times to prenatal care and/or birthing sites.

Ask the Representative or Senator to co-sponsor the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (House Bill 1209, Senate Bill 628).  If they are already a co-sponsor, thank them for their support.

Thank them for their time and support for healthy mothers and babies.

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