ADHS: Stop asking our midwives to do the impossible.
They cannot offer informed, evidence-based care and follow your inconsistent rules.
Coercion is not consent!!
What: Rally in support of Arizona Midwives
When: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Where: In front of the Arizona Department of Health Services, 150 N. 18 Avenue, Phoenix, 85007
Why: 22 of the 74 licensed Arizona midwives have been disciplined for failing to practice according to the Arizona Rules & Regulations. It’s time to let Governor Ducey, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and elected officials know that we want to stop the public persecution of midwives. It’s time to support them in their efforts to offer safe, evidence-based care to Arizona’s birthing families.
The state of Arizona has known for years that it’s archaic laws force a midwife to choose between compliance with said rules and regulations, and honoring the autonomous rights of her patient to a safe, evidence-based birth.
In proceedings held in November, 2014, one state employee admitted to this conflict:
More highlights from the Administrative Law Judge Decision, written by her Honor, Judge D.M. Lang
My favorite line:
“...it is not appropriate to require anyone to do the impossible.”
I’m going to be there on Thursday – will you join me and other birthing families to show support and raise our voices with Arizona’s midwives?
Sweet Pea Families blog post – how compliance would have affected our birth:
AZ Midwife relates her tale of trials and tribulations with ADHS
Ruling by Hon. Judge Lang:
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