Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tell Obama What Kind of Maternity Care YOU want!

Susan Hodges, superstar grassroots organizer and director of Citizens for Midwifery, recently sent out an appeal to all Americans to make our voices heard on maternity care to President-Elect Obama!

Obama can't change what he doesn't know...let's tell him the truth about maternity care...from the mothers.

It's time for the problems and solutions about maternity care that mothers know to Trickle UP!

Here's what to do:

Read about Obama’s proposals for health care at:

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcare

Click 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.

Susan Hodges urges:

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!

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