Sunday, June 14, 2009

The MAMA Campaign

Midwives and Mothers in Action -- M.A.M.A -- is the collaborative effort to recognize Certified Professional Midwives and the care they provide as specialists in out-of-hospital births. Comprised of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), the goal is to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice - at home, a birth center, or a hospital, and with the providers of their choice - Midwife, Nurse Midwife, or Obstetrician.

Overwhelming evidence proves that Certified Professional Midwives improve birth outcomes: through a lower c-section rate, more consistent prenatal care, and fewer costly medical interventions during labor and delivery. For this reason, M.A.M.A is working to bring real change to Health Care Reform and the American maternity care.

Please visit the M.A.M.A website to endorse the campaign, as a parent, a consumer of maternity services, a partner, a midwife, a doula, or all of the above! I did, and I'm proud of it.

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