Sunday, June 6, 2010

Exciting News About the Midwifery Moderization Act!

The Midwifery Modernization Act finally has some movement within both the New York State Assembly and Senate. Early the week of June 7th, the bill will be brought to the Higher Education Committee of each chamber. This is truly exciting news! Please, if you have the inclination, send a faxed letter of support, an email or a phone call to a New York legislator. By following the links in the article below, you will easily find you the emails and fax numbers of legislators. The following information is from Free Our, a creative,dedicated and tenacious group in the Ithaca area.

May all babies be born into loving hands...

K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

Exciting News!

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Against all odds the legislation is moving!!! Over the next few weeks there will be a few critical times to act. The first is RIGHT NOW!
The current two-year legislative session draws to a close at the end of June so all legislation must pass in the next few weeks. We are excited to announce that the MMA is taking a critical step — a vote in both the Assembly and the Senate Higher Education Committees early this week. This essential step will lead to a vote on the floor in both chambers of the legislature. This is amazing news!
We’ve heard from NYSALM who is organizing the on-the-ground efforts that the consumer voice has been critical in moving key legislators. Thank you for all you have done so far. Now we need to keep up the pressure.  By the end of the month New York State women and families could have access to safe, high quality midwifery care.

Take Action On Monday!

1. Contact Your Legislators (Find your legislators, sample letters, phone scripts and details here.)
All legislators need to hear from us.  A faxed letter is best (Legislators fax numbers). Email works too.  Please follow your letters with a phone call.
We’ve heard from other legislative movements around the country that a legislator hearing from as few as two constituents has made a huge difference.  If you haven’t had a chance to send a letter now is better than ever.  If you have already contacted your legislator please do it again.
Day by day we will be learning which legislators support the MMA and who we need to move.  We will be giving daily updates on our facebook page.  Find us here, “like us”, and watch for more detailed action steps.  (Not on facebook?  No worries–just contact your legislators by fax, email and/or phone.)
2. Spread the Word
Tell your friends, your playgroup, your mother.  Update your facebook status, tweet it loud and share on listserves.
If the MMA does not pass now we will be back to square one come next year. Make our effort count by passing this call to action around our entire state.  Who do you know that can help?
3.  Contact Your Supportive Doctor
The MSSNY (The Medical Society of the State of New York) has urged their members to oppose the MMA.  Supportive and informed doctors have already begun to speak up in favor of the MMA.  Please urge your doctor to do the same.  Watch for a sample letter coming soon.
Together, we are a community supporting our midwives who in turn support our families.  We can create a stronger, healthier New York for women and their babies. Thank you for being a part of this movement.

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