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June 28th, 2007, 10:59 PM
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I'm working on getting a group of women together to change some of the regulations in my state, and let me tell you, I NEVER knew how involved it is! The women who have championed midwifery licensure and homebirth bills into laws are my new heros!

I'm ashamed to admit it, but as a client, and even as an apprentice, I was not political at all. I always thought that I'd finish my training, start my practice and "just" be a midwife. Now I'm finding that I need to be a lobbyist, a PR person, a networking coordinator, and an event planner. I'm so far out of my comfort zone!!

So, this leads me to my question: what do you do to champion homebirth in your area? Have you asked your midwife if there's anything you can do to help further midwifery in your state? A lot of times sending a birth announcement or handwritten note to your legislator is all it takes to get them thinking about "those crazy homebirth people."

If you have done anything, I want to know what it is, because I'm stocking my arsenal with ideas right now!!
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June 29th, 2007, 03:58 AM
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Ummmm.....

Let's just say I'll be taking notes!
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June 29th, 2007, 04:41 AM
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^ Ditto

Michigan is a pretty good homebirth state...its alegal here...not legal or illegal. There was discussion of getting insurance to pay for homebirths, but then concern for the regulations that would be imposed. I know of one homebirth/birthcenter MW in MI who does get paid for a small portion of her fees from insurance co.'s...but she is a CPNM. The DEM's are staright cash payment...no insurance will cover anything.
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June 29th, 2007, 03:41 PM
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Until recently I'd never even seriously considered the option of home birthing. I'd always wondered about it, but never pursued the idea. I am definitely taking notes. *sits down with pen and paper ready*
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