As many of you may know, the White House issued a call this week asking citizens from across the country to send emails about what they would like to see in health care reform. Not long afterwards, the server accepting the emails crashed.

Why? Because it got flooded with emails about the President’s birth certificate!

Now the press is reporting about it, just as they did when grassroots organizers for the legalization of marijuana set the record for the most number of emails sent during the transition—a mere 6000. We can top that!

It turns out there is another, lesser-known online form for submitting comments about health care reform. Let’s use it!

If we top 6000 emails—and I know we can—we will set a new record and get the White House’s attention on how strong support for out-of-hospital maternity care and Certified Professional Midwives is.

So please go to the following link and fill out the form with a short, simple message about why you want all women, including those on Medicaid, to have access to out-of-hospital maternity care and Certified Professional Midwives.

http://www.healthreform.gov/communityreports/comments.html

Pick one or two points to include in your own words, and please use the title, Certified Professional Midwives, spelled out. Policy-makers already know about Certified Nurse-Midwives but very few have heard of Certified Professional Midwives, so we need to change that!

So here are some points to touch on:

Certified Professional Midwives are specially trained as experts in out-of-hospital maternity care and deliver babies in private homes and in freestanding birth centers.

Research consistently shows that low-risk women planning to deliver their babies at home under the care of Certified Professional Midwives experience outcomes equal to low-risk women who deliver in the hospital, but with far fewer costly and preventable interventions, including a five-fold decrease in cesarean section.

Babies delivered under the care of Certified Professional Midwives have significantly reduced rates of prematurity and low-birth weight, two of the leading contributing factors to racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes and to the costs associated with long-term care.

David Anderson, Professor of Economics at Center College with a specialization in the costs of out-of-hospital maternity care, calculates that increasing use of Certified Professional Midwives and of out-of-hospital maternity care by less than 10% would result in savings of $9.1 billion annually, while actually improving outcomes.

The state of Washington reports a savings of $3.1 million dollars over a period of two years to the state Medicaid system when women experiencing healthy, low-risk pregnancies give birth with licensed midwives instead of in the hospital.

The recent Milbank Report conservatively estimates savings of $2.5 billion dollars a year if the cesarean surgery rate is brought down to 15% in the U.S.

Certified Professional Midwives are the only providers specially trained in out-of-hospital birth in the event that hospitals become unsafe for healthy pregnant women during a disaster.

Thank you to everyone who is reaching out—it only takes a few minutes but it is so very helpful. We are making amazing progress in DC and now is not the time to let up! So please forward this to family and friends who can help, and thank you for doing your part to get Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital maternity care included in health care reform.

ATTENTION MIDWIVES! Yes, we are shouting at you! Please send this action alert with a personal appeal to your networks of clients—it only takes a few minutes, and people are especially motivated to act when they get a personal request from their midwife.

STATE GROUPS! Please be sure to post this alert to your state lists!

Katherine Prown, PhD | Campaign Manager | TheBigPushForMidwives.org | 414.550.8025 | JOIN US on Facebook! | SIGN UP for PushAlerts

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I sent mine. I think it is neat that I am in a hotel room in Bethesda just a few blocks from the NIH and the CDC as this call to action hits my inbox. The message has been forwarded to the North Carolina Friends of Midwives.

Russ
Very good news--thank you, Russ!
Mine is sent! Thanks Katie for all you are doing!
Thank YOU, Sabrina!
Mine is sent too! I hope it doesn't fall on deaf ears or blind eyes like so many of our rational arguments do.
I sent one in. Thanks for posting this.
I did it too!! Wahoo!!
I am an Early Head Start Home Visitor and a Early Interventalist. I am excited about the idea. Tell me more on your thoughts of offering this service to those on medical. I don't want to start an epidemic of women deciding to have children at home without the best education given to them. Should I wright something in my email responce to the White House about parental and maternal education that goes along with having a midwife?
I sent mine and have fowarded it to friends and facebook.
Abbey Rego said:
I am an Early Head Start Home Visitor and a Early Interventalist. I am excited about the idea. Tell me more on your thoughts of offering this service to those on medical. I don't want to start an epidemic of women deciding to have children at home without the best education given to them. Should I wright something in my email responce to the White House about parental and maternal education that goes along with having a midwife?
Katherine Prown said:
Abbey Rego said:
I am an Early Head Start Home Visitor and a Early Interventalist. I am excited about the idea. Tell me more on your thoughts of offering this service to those on medical. I don't want to start an epidemic of women deciding to have children at home without the best education given to them. Should I wright something in my email responce to the White House about parental and maternal education that goes along with having a midwife?

That is a good question--I apologize in advance for having some trouble navigating the site because I'm new, but the main point is that the medical research has consistently shown that low-risk women planning home births with Certified Professional Midwives have outcomes equal to low-risk women planning traditiona hospital deliveries, but with far fewer costly and preventable interventions, including a five-fold decrease in cesarean section,
This is really important and the time is now to get Washington well informed. I've send my message with some practical notes about best practices from the Netherlands (www.thefirst8days.com).
Great work you are doing. Thank you.

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