Friday, June 20, 2008

The Big Push for Midwives

For those of you who don't know, I gave birth to Bunny at home. It was the most incredible and empowering experience of my life. This birth was attended by competent, caring, well-trained midwives, who were ready to transfer me to a hospital at the first sign my birthing needs might excede their knowledge or training. The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) are attempting to outlaw the practice of midwifery. Currently, the standards to become a certified midwife vary from state to state, most states not even offering certification.

In response to pressures from the medical community and in an effort to unify midwifery certification standards across all states, The Big Push for Midwives was launched in January of this year.

Even if you are not a mother or never plan to birth outside of a hospital, this is an important issue for women and therefore for humanity. Women should have to right to choose how they want to give birth, as all people have the right to selectively choose medical care - if I want to see a holistic healer or a chiropractor instead of an MD, I have that right. Hospital births are BIG BUSINESS. Hospitals make millions of dollars off of what is (and should be considered) a natural human function.

Please visit The Big Push for Midwives for more information or to see how you can help.

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