From Susan Hodges at Citizens for Midwifery:
Dear Friends,If you haven’t heard yet, President-Elect Obama has invited YOU to tell him what you’d like to see in health care reform.Thank you to everyone who has brought this to our attention!Read about Obaman’s propososals for health care at:http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcareClick on the paragraph under "Present Your Ideas." This will take you to an online form you can use to offer your ideas on health care to the new administration.You can urge the administration to support increased access to midwives and to take a look at the Midwives Model of Care page on CfM's website (http://www.cfmidwifery.org/mmoc). Issues that could be brought up: The need for accountability for outcomes and costs in maternity care; the need for transparency so women can find out accurate information about the practices of maternity care providers; the need to address disparities in access to care and effectiveness of care. A policy for evidence-based practices in maternity care, including the Midwives Model of Care, would help to address these issues. We also encourage you to suggest that the new administration implement the recommendations of Childbirth Connection's Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Accomplish." (http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10575) This will bring this comprehensive policy report to their attention.The more the campaign hears from us about the problems in maternity care and the SOLUTIONS, the better!