After much thoughtful deliberation, hours of testimony, and a strong showing by the consumers and the providers of licensed midwifery care at home, the Midwifery Scope of Practice was expanded in 2013. Just when we thought home birth in Arizona was going to follow evidence-based care...a new bill was introduced this legislative session to undermine a family's right to choose home birth. Read more about itHERE
Here is the most recent update from our main advocate for an expanded scope of practice, Allyson Fernstrom:
Today is THE day...TheRally to Improve Birth
is happening across the country...did it make the news in your town? I know it did in the Phoenix area, and I just saw that CNN was sending a crew down to the LA rally. Yeah for Informed Births!!
Since we are out of town and I can't attend our Phoenix Rally in person, I am thrilled to be able to participate via thisVirtual Rally
Here are some pictures from our personal family album from Otter's homebirth. I am sharing them with you today to show solidarity with the families who are out under the elements to Rally for Change in the maternity system.
(Submitted as a Public Comment)
Open Letter to the Midwifery Scope or Practice Committee:
It feels like healthcare in the state of Arizona is going the way of the public school system. Professionals who are out of touch, some of them not working in the field anymore, or as is said quite often, "couldn't cut it in the classroom," are making rules and regulations for the folks who are in the trenches, getting their "hands dirty" every day. It is bad enough that teachers are overwhelmed with rules that have them teaching to tests instead of using their God-given talents to teach and inspire a younger generation.
There was another Midwifery Scope of Practice Committee meeting last night at the Arizona Department of Health Services. The consumers came out en force and made it abundantly clear that the requests to have a midwife attend a homebirth of a VBAC, a breech and twin births are Human Rights and Woman's Choice issues. We know that there are risks involved. It is our right to do our own research, to explore all our options and to make the choice with the risk decisions that we can live with.
The State of Arizona held another Open Meeting with the Midwifery Scope of Practice Advisory Committee last evening. You can view the proceedings by clicking on this link:
is a link to the meeting - ADHS is taping them for public record.
First of all, I want to thank Will Humble, Director of Health Services, for
facilitating the Midwifery Scope of Practice Meetings. I have never been prouder of our state than
in the last two meetings I attended. Director Humble is truly committed
to a transparent process.
I was thrilled to be part of a process in our state by which
we as citizens can participate in the legislative process yesterday. The Arizona Department of Health Services has
started an Open Meeting process with the Midwifery Scope of Practice Advisory Committee.
The stated goal of this committee is to
review and update the rules and regulations that govern Lay Midwives and
Certified Professional Midwives that practice in the state of Arizona. As a consumer, am hopeful that they will be modernized
to reflect current evidence-based practices.