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Urgent and inspiring, The Big Push for Midwives Campaign's "Honor My Midwife Project" is a chance to give voice to thousands of families across the United States who wish to honor the midwives who selflessly serve them at great personal sacrifice. From routinely missing holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries to – in nearly half the states – working as illegal providers facing arrest and imprisonment simply for doing what they have been called to do, Certified Professional Midwives, America's specialists in out-of-hospital maternity care, have always been there to support us. Now it's our turn to support them.
WHAT MAKES THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT?
The "Honor My Midwife Project" is the heart of the story of the Big Push for Midwives Campaign, one that gives a vehicle to families who wish to honor their midwife and support the effort to authorize Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) to practice legally nationwide.
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Across the country, midwives are under siege. This year state legislatures introduced an unprecedented number of anti-CPM bills intended to infringe upon the rights of families to seek alternatives to out-of-hospital maternity care. In states as diverse as Delaware, South Carolina, Texas, and California, midwife advocates are fighting against legislation that ends legal practice in their state, imposes unattainable requirements by law that criminalize CPMs, and increases penalties for failing to meet such requirements from a misdemeanor to a felony.
And that's just a snapshot of the political climate in states with legal CPM practice. In states such as Illinois and North Carolina, legislation to legalize CPMs that had broad-based grassroots and legislative support was killed more quickly this year than in any other legislative session in recent history.
The truth is there are 22 states in which CPMs are still illegal and/or working underground. These are the states where midwives are being eliminated and investigators are going to the homes of families to demand the name of their midwife.
The truth is that Big Medicine is behind this: the Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP) was formed by the leadership of the AMA and other physician trade organizations to obstruct expansion and to restrict the licensed scope of practice of other healthcare professionals. These actions by organized medicine limit access to providers who have the education, expertise and experience to offer safe, quality health care services to the public, particularly for rural, uninsured and other underserved populations. Read the full Statement of The Big Push for Midwives Campaign on the AMA's Scope of Practice Partnership. Make no mistake: SOPPzilla LIVES!
Please lend your support to The Big Push for Midwives Campaign to help families and midwives fight this "David and Goliath" battle!
WHAT'S THE MONEY GOING TOWARDS?
Your tax-deductible donations will go directly to reserving a space on the "Honor My Midwife Project" wall on The Big Push for Midwives Campaign website, where you can express your appreciation and gratitude for your midwife. Anonymous expressions in honor of CPMs practicing in illegal states are welcome and will remain confidential.
In addition to honoring the many sacrifices midwives make to provide care to families seeking an alternative to hospital birth, the "Honor My Midwife Project" will support The Big Push's work in states that are fighting against the millions of dollars in special-interest and campaign cash being spent by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and its allies at the American Medical Association to pass legislation to roll back the legal gains CPMs have made – or worse, to make them illegal again – and to elect anti-midwife legislators who support these efforts.
WHAT IF WE RAISE MORE MONEY THAN WHAT'S NEEDED? DO AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN?
After we reach our primary fundraising goal, we will ramp up The Big Push for Midwives public relations and social media team to provide professionally developed, proactive and pro-CPM Public Relations and Media Relations services, including customized media lists, to the states with the highest number of dollars raised.
If we don't reach our goal, the administrative fees go up a bit, and our media team will miss the opportunity to get to work. So it is important that we not only reach our goal, but go beyond it!
HOW DO I KNOW THIS "HONOR MY MIDWIFE PROJECT" IS WORTH IT??
The "Honor My Midwife Project" is worthwhile because it shines much-needed light on the dedication of midwives who routinely make personal sacrifices to serve families regardless of the potential costs to themselves. This project is not the first of the Big Push for Midwives Campaign, nor will it be the last.
The Big Push for Midwives Campaign has always been the work of a coalition of the PushState groups, and our focus has always been to create a mutual-help project for all the consumers and midwives pushing in the statehouses and sharing ideas, strategies, successes, and setbacks to create efficiencies and interconnectivity.
The "Honor My Midwife Project" will provide new insights that will be shared and used in support of our multi-state campaigns to make CPMs legal providers in all 50 states.
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ARE THERE OTHER WAYS I CAN HELP?
If you find that you just can’t contribute at this time, it does not mean you can’t help push it good:
Please make some noise about the "Honor My Midwife Project."
Use the Indiegogo share tools and help us to spread the word and expand the circle of the birth activist community.
Visit the PushSite, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, send your pix for posting on Flickr, join us on YouTube, and sign-up for PushAlerts to stay informed on state and national advocacy action alerts today! Please volunteer with a consumer or midwife advocacy organization in your PushState.
When you have completed your donation successfully, please be sure to "Leave a Comment" for PushGirl Friday and share more about your midwife. For example, share her name, in what state she practices, how she has cared for you, and any other sentiments to honor her.
PLEASE NOTE: if you live in a state where Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are NOT legally authorized to practice, it is NOT recommended that you share full names or location specifics. SOPPzilla LIVES, as you may well know, and The Big Push for Midwives campaign does not wish to feed the beast.