July update

Hello Friends,

It has been a long while since you received an update from us, and I apologize. There are two reasons for this. One is that we have been busy serving women and families having home births. The other is that not much happened on the birth center front for quite a while. That has all changed recently though, so here’s the scoop.

Call for cooperation between Ob/Gyns and Midwives

Women and families are being heard across the nation as they call for more options in their health care and births. Medscape, a well-respected medical news service, recently put out an article based on a new position statement from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) regarding cooperation between Ob/Gyns and midwives.

Legislative update, March 24

Here is the latest update from the legislative committee of the Missouri Midwives Association, of which I am an active part. If you are new to midwifery in Missouri, you may not understand how great the fight has been so far to give you access to midwives, and birth outside of the hospital. This legislative battle is crucial to preserving your rights-please take a moment to read, and to act!

There are now THREE midwifery bills before the Missouri Legislature:

House Bill 301 update

This just in: Vicki Schneider, a member of the Committee that will hear HB 301 on Wednesday, represents much of northern St Charles County, from the river to O'fallon. Call her office and tell her you live in St Charles/St Peters/O'fallon (if you do, of course), and that you oppose HB 301. Add whatever reasoning you feel strongly about, and ask for a response. Rep Schneider has not been supportive of families' access to midwives in the past, and needs to hear from her Here is her contact info:

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