Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sarasota Fundraiser: Charity Mom and Baby Yoga Class

Rosemary Court Yoga is offering a charity Mom & Baby Yoga class on Tuesday, July 7 from 10-11am. Donations will be accepted & donated to Florida Friends of Midwives.

Mom & Baby Yoga class instructor Kassandra Devlin is offering an energizing and rejuvenating class focusing on mothers' postpartum needs: regaining alignment, toning the pelvic floor, and building core strength. Babies are welcome and can be incorporated in the yoga poses or can nap/play on a mat. Recommended age is pre-crawling.

Please pass this along to your friends and come out and support yourself, support your baby, and support midwives!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fight Florida's Ban on VBACs in Birthing Centers!

Join the fight to change the State of Florida's ban on Vaginal Births After Cesarean (VBAC) in birthing centers.

Currently the State of Florida's legislative rule governing birth centers is written in a manner which has now been used to restrict women from choosing VBACs with any licensed practitioner in a free standing birth center.

The Florida Alliance of Birth Centers has retained an attorney to challenge the legislative rule banning a woman from attempting a vaginal birth after c-section in a birth center. With c-section rates in some Florida hospitals topping 70%, women's choices are being limited.


Visit the Birthgirlz website for more details and please donate today.

Until midnight tonight, any donation made to this worthy cause will be matched.

Friday, June 12, 2009

An Invitation to Join the Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign

CPMCome visit our new website at
Please forward this invitation to family and friends.

The goal of the Midwives and Mothers in Action (M.A.M.A.) Campaign is to increase women's access to midwives and to quality, affordable maternity care by securing federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). The MAMACampaign is a partnership between the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC).

Contact Us:
MAMA Campaign
243 Banning Road
Putney VT 05346
or call Citizens for Midwifery's Info line at 888-236-4880

MAMA Logos

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Midwives and Mothers in Action (M.A.M.A.) Campaign is launched!

The goal of the M.A.M.A. Campaign is to increase women's access to midwives and to quality, affordable maternity care by securing federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives (CPM). We have hired a federal lobbyist, a campaign manager will be hired by next week, and the M.A.M.A. Campaign website is almost complete.

This campaign is a partnership of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), and International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC). This historic partnership is now at work to get federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice. We look forward to working with everyone who supports this work and in concert with other national initiatives to achieve our common goals.

Our federal lobbyist, a specialist in health policy, will move our agenda in Washington, D.C. Billy Wynne is a former Senate staffer, an expert in Medicaid and health care reform, with a diverse portfolio of connections. He is excited to be promoting the values and important services provided by Certified Professional Midwives and is implementing a strategy with the M.A.M.A. Campaign Steering Committee, based on our priorities, for achieving success in this Congress.

A campaign manager will be hired by next week to work with the network of volunteers already lining up to support the M.A.M.A. Campaign. A campaign website is nearing completion; watch for the website launch announcement at the end of this week!

Your support will be essential to the success of the campaign. Watch for weekly updates and action alerts about how you can become involved!

We look forward to working with you in this effort!

The M.A.M.A. Campaign Steering Committee

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

ACTION ALERT: Health Care Reform

Dear Midwifery Supporters,

Florida Friends of Midwives supports The Big Push for Midwives in their current federal legislative efforts. They have been hard at work presenting evidence in Washington that access to Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital maternity care would save billions of US healthcare dollars while simultaneously improving birth outcomes.

Now, it's Florida's turn to show our support. Please read the following ACTION ALERT carefully, and take few moments to let our current administration know that this issue is important to you and your family.

Thank you,
Board of Directors
Florida Friends of Midwives

As many of you may know, the White House issued a call this week asking citizens from across the country to send emails about what they would like to see in health care reform. Not long afterwards, the server accepting the emails crashed.

Why? Because it got flooded with emails about the President's birth certificate!

Now the press is reporting about it, just as they did when grassroots organizers for the legalization of marijuana set the record for the most number of emails sent during the transition-a mere 6000. We can top that!

It turns out there is another, lesser-known online form for submitting comments about health care reform. Let's use it!

If we top 6000 emails-and I know we can-we will set a new record and get the White House's attention on how strong support for out-of-hospital maternity care and Certified Professional Midwives is.

So please go to the following link and fill out the form with a short, simple message about why you want all women, including those on Medicaid, to have access to out-of-hospital maternity care and Certified Professional Midwives who are specially trained to provide it.

Pick one or two points to include in your own words: And always use the title, Certified Professional Midwives, spelled out.

Certified Professional Midwives are specially trained as experts in out-of-hospital maternity care and deliver babies in private homes and in freestanding birth centers.

Research consistently shows that low-risk women planning to deliver their babies at home under the care of Certified Professional Midwives experience outcomes equal to low-risk women who deliver in the hospital, but with far fewer costly and preventable interventions, including a five-fold decrease in cesarean section.

Babies delivered under the care of Certified Professional Midwives have significantly reduced rates of prematurity and low-birth weight, two of the leading contributing factors to racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes and to the costs associated with long-term care.

David Anderson, Professor of Economics at Center College with a specialization in the costs of out-of-hospital maternity care, calculates that increasing use of Certified Professional Midwives and of out-of-hospital maternity care by less than 10% would result in savings of $9.1 billion annually, while actually improving outcomes.

The state of Washington reports a savings of $3.1 million dollars over a period of two years to the state Medicaid system when women experiencing healthy, low-risk pregnancies give birth with licensed midwives instead of in the hospital.

The recent Milbank Report conservatively estimates savings of $2.5 billion dollars a year if the cesarean surgery rate is brought down to 15% in the U.S.

Certified Professional Midwives are the only providers specially trained in out-of-hospital birth in the event that hospitals become unsafe for healthy pregnant women during a disaster.

Thank you to everyone who is reaching out-it only takes a few minutes but it is so very helpful. We are making amazing progress in DC and now is not the time to let up! So please forward this to family and friends who can help, and thank you for doing your part to get Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital maternity care included in health care reform.

ATTENTION MIDWIVES! Yes, we are shouting at you! Please send this action alert with a personal appeal to your networks of clients-it only takes a few minutes, and people are especially motivated to act when they get a personal request from their midwife.

STATE GROUPS! Please be sure to post this alert to your state lists!

Katherine Prown, PhD
Campaign Manager
Envisioning a safer, less-costly model of maternity care in the United States.

Leadership Positions with Florida Friends of Midwives

As the end of Florida Friends of Midwives (FFOM) second year of renewal draws closer, it has again become important to determine who in our community is willing and able to play a leadership role in what has to this point been the work of a small but dedicated contingent of individuals. FFOM has been structured to include several committees each of which is in need of members.

They include:

If you are interested in serving on these committees, but not in a leadership role, please contact the committee chairs directly at the email addresses listed above.

In addition it is a priority to form regional groups in the following areas:

  • North Florida - East/West - (Tallahassee, Gainsesville, Jacksonville, Pensacola)
  • Central Florida - East/West -(Sarasota, Tampa, Clearwater, Daytona, Melborne)
  • South Florida - East/West - (Miami, West Palm Beach, Broward, Fort Myers, Naples)

Right now we are looking for FFOM members (consumers) who might be interested in serving as chairs for any of the Communications & Public Relations and Fundraising committees listed above and who might volunteer to coordinate regional groups in their area.

Last but not least, we are looking for one industrious and daring woman :-) to accept the position of Treasurer on the Executive Committee of our Board.

If you think any or these positions sounds like something you might want to do please let us know as soon as you can. Email us at