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CfM TOOLKIT: Stand Up for Homebirth!

INTRODUCTION


ACOG & the AMA Want to OUTLAW HOMEBIRTH!!


Recent statements from both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) claim the hospital is safest for birth, attack the training of Certified Professional Midwives, and suggest that women and families should not have the choice to give birth at home.  Further, the AMA has recently adopted “Resolution 205” to promote anti-home birth legislation.

These resolutions and position statements against home birth are not supported by any credible scientific evidence, but serve the interests of obstetricians and medical doctors over the needs or rights of women, babies, or families.

Both of these trade organizations have public credibility and well-financed lobbyists, so they have a lot of influence in government, insurance, and regulatory arenas.  Legislation and regulations that could effectively restrict access to homebirth in one form or another would not be difficult for them to get through, even in states that already license CPMs.

What WE can do!


TOOLKIT CONTENTS -- Inside you will find more information and resources
· About the AMA & ACOG, About Safety, About Rights and Additional Information
· Main message with supporting arguments & talking points
· Contacting Your Legislator
· Resources -- AMA & ACOG Statements, Responses, Research, etc
· Making the Case -- Sample Language for Letters, Phone Calls, and Meetings
· Simple things you can do
· Problem Legislation to Watch For -- fetal protection acts, insurance and medicaid regulations and policy
· Materials for Packets -- Midwives Model of Care Folders are now available!

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