Governor Paterson, Please Sign the Midwifery Modernization Act!

by admin on July 20, 2010

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.

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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.


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Beth Hooper July 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Dear Governor Paterson,

I am writing to express my strong support for the Midwifery Modernization Act (A8117B) 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.

As an acupuncturist, I strongly support midwives because of the high quality of care they provide for their patients.

Beth Hooper, L.Ac.
157 East 86th Street, Suite 2B
NY, NY 10028

Meryl Ranzer August 2, 2010 at 1:24 am

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.

I found it very difficult trying to get a midwife for the birth of my son. I believe this bill will give families more options.

Sincerely,
Meryl Ranzer

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