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CPM Bill Introduced

Join the Celebration for HR 1054

We are thrilled to announce that Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1) has introduced HR 1054, the “Access to Certified Professional Midwives Act of 2011” in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I believe it’s important that women are able to have the birth experience they want, regardless of where they live and how much money they make. That is why it’s important that women with Medicaid coverage have the same access to high quality, safe, and cost-effective services,” Congresswoman Pingree said. The Congresswoman is known in Maine and Washington, DC as a sensitive, independent voice for social and health issues that affect families everywhere.

The Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign expresses our sincerest appreciation to Congresswoman Pingree and celebrates this milestone in the history of direct-entry midwifery in the United States.

MAMA is also deeply grateful to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI-4) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA-7) for their support and leadership in co-sponsoring HR 1054 with Representative Pingree.

Increasing women’s access to the care of CPMs will support better outcomes for mothers and babies, reduced disparities in outcomes for vulnerable populations, and provide significant cost savings for Medicaid and the health care system.

We are most grateful to Representative Pingree for her vision and support for childbearing women and their families.

Now the Work Begins….

MAMA will be counting on your energy and involvement in the coming weeks and months as this train gains steam and we forge ahead to garner the support of Congress for enacting HR 1054 into law. Our next steps include securing additional co-sponsors, obtaining support from the leading advocates for change in maternity care, raising the funds, and motivating the volunteers necessary to see this campaign through to victory. Together we will steadily move this important piece of legislation forward, Congress member by Congress member, for the benefit of women and babies.

Coming Soon From MAMA:

* Letter-writing guidelines for soliciting your Congress members to become co-sponsors
* Invitations to participate in visits to the Hill in Washington, DC and organize in-district visits to your Representatives
* Advice on how you can become more involved as the MAMA Campaign gathers support in key Congressional committees


The team is now working with Citizens for Midwifery (a partner to the MAMA campaign) to help promote the Midwifery Model of Care on the national level. If you are interested please read more about Citizens for Midwifery below and sign up to be a member (it’s free!) and receive the important news.

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Governor Paterson signed the Midwifery Modernization Act into law!

Congratulations and a thousand thanks to each and every one of you who called, faxed, emailed or passed the action alert along to friends and family these past nine months. This has been an amazing journey and we are proud to have made it with so many dedicated and motivated citizens! You made it happen! An example of democracy at its finest.

Celebrate!  You deserve it!



It’s time to write the Governor!!! After the Midwifery Modernization Act swept through the Assembly and Senate (have we thanked you enough for that??), we’ve been patiently waiting for Governor Paterson to sign the bill into law, the final step in the legislative process.  We just received word that MMA has officially landed on the Governor’s desk. He has three choices in front of him: 1) he can sign the bill, 2) he can veto the bill, or 3) he can do nothing and the bill will become law in 10 days.

Now is the time to act! The Governor has a long list of bills in front of him right now. We need ours to stand out as having tremendous constituent support. And importantly, we need to help inform him about why this piece of legislation needs to become law. His job is to hold a wider vision of the needs of the state and our job is to help him focus in on this particular need.

ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) has contacted the Governor voicing their opposition to the MMA. This is why your letter is critical right now.

Your Mission:

Contact the Governor using the form below.

In the message box, please include the greeting “Dear Governor Paterson” and make sure to include your full name and address. Below is a short sample to get you started. Please feel free to expand on the message and we strongly encourage you to include something about why it is personally important to you that New York State women have access to midwifery care.

The message:

Dear Governor Paterson,

I am writing to express my strong support for the Midwifery Modernization Act (A8117B//S5007A) and to urge you to please sign this bill into law.

Midwifery care is safe, cost effective, and associated with excellent outcomes for mothers and babies. This legislation will increase access to midwifery care for women all over New York State and it will not cost the state anything. Physicians and hospitals are happy  to consult and collaborate with midwives without a Written Practice Agreement.


We have come so far.  We need a unified, empowered consumer voice to encourage the Governor to sign. Please take a few moments to send your letter using the simple form below. (Please remember to sign your message with your full name and address.)

This form will send your letters to the appropriate aid in the Governor’s office as well as the president of NYSALM (New York State Association of Licensed Midwives) and Free Our Midwives (for documentation purposes).

Please remember to sign your email with your FULL NAME and ADDRESS!

Are you a doctor?? Do you have a supportive doctor?? We very much need letters from physicians and /or hospitals highlighting their willingness and desire to collaborate, consult, and accept referrals without a written agreement. Those letters can be pasted directly into the form.