Calls needed TODAY To Help More Families Access Midwives

04/28/2015 10:23 AM | Jeanette McCulloch (Administrator)


California families want to be able to choose midwifery care, but a lack of insurance coverage (including Medi-Cal) and a shortage of providers limits access.

Two bills can help and are making their way through the legislature now. Your calls and support have helped both bills clear important hurdles.

Your calls - and calls from your clients - are more important than ever. Without your support, these bills will not pass the Senate.

If passed, SB 407 will expand the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program to reimburse licensed midwives and is a critical step in our strategy to secure Medi-Cal coverage. Because private insurers look to Medi-Cal to decide what services to cover, this strategy has the capacity to impact nearly *all* women in California.

SB 408 will, if passed, allow a 'midwife assistant' to legally assist a licensed midwife at a birth center or home birth. This bill will expand access to midwifery care, particularly in rural or underserved areas, by expanding the reach of existing providers. As two providers typically attend each birth, allowing a 'midwife assistant' (instead of another licensed midwife) could double capacity.

Please take just a few moments to help California families access licensed midwives.

Four easy steps:

One: find your legislator here

Two: Please call your senators today and ask them to “vote yes to help families access midwives: vote yes for SB 407 and SB 408.” (Click here for our quick guide to calling your legislator)

Three: Tell us who you called here on Facebook

Four: Share this blog post and this Facebook post with your friends, family, and clients.

Together we can expand access to midwifery care in California. Thank you!


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