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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MAMA Gives Thanks!

Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign

The MAMA Campaign is moving forward with great energy and determination to include Certified Professional Midwives in health care bills this year!  As the country enters the Thanksgiving Week, we want to take a moment to give thanks for the extraordinary strides made in a few short months on Capitol Hill for midwives and mothers.  And we want to express our deepest appreciation to all of you:  our supporters, whose dedication, stamina, generosity, letters and dollars have made this progress possible.
MAMA is thankful for:

  • Amazing grassroots participation from across the country—mothers, fathers, grandparents, midwives and other supporters—for your letters, calls and visits to legislators in support of CPMs
  • Great support from key congress members who have declared the provision for CPMs to be “good policy for women and babies”
  • Senator Cantwell (D-WA), for her provision in the Senate bill that will result in payment of the provider fee for state-licensed CPMs who provide services in licensed birth centers.
  • Washington State midwives, for the data they prepared for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) demonstrating significant improvements in quality and cost savings with CPM care
  • Campaign donations of more than $140,000 that have resulted in the most successful fundraising campaign for midwives and mothers ever!
MAMA Needs Your Help On the Homestretch!
It’s time to “Pound the Table”!  As MAMA continues negotiations to find a Senator to file the CPM provision as an amendment on the Senate floor, this is the time for ALL of us to send a clear message to all our Senators:  Certified Professional Midwives will lower health care costs and improve the health of women and babies.  There is a pregnant-woman sized hole in this legislation, Mrs. or Mr. Senator.  Please fix it!
Find easy letter-writing information and sample letter text hereIf you’ve already written a letter, write again!  Please keep those letters coming!!!
Letter of the Week
Elizabeth Gilmore of New Mexico wrote a personal appeal to her Senator, Jeff Bingaman, asking him to “be our champion” on Capitol Hill:
"I am an enthusiastic constituent in Taos, NM, where you came to the ribbon-cutting of our Birth Center, in 1997…We are currently Medicaid providers in NM but only because our governor insisted.  When he leaves office we may lose this designation because we still are not recognized by Federal Medicaid as providers!"
You too can ask a Senator to be a champion for CPMs!  Click here to write a letter to your Senator.
Who Are MAMA’s donors?
She is a mother of four who has Medicaid, who paid out of pocket for her last two home waterbirths, and gave what she could to MAMA!
He is the father of three homeborn children and a nationally known musician, whose passion for his children’s births moved him to generously donate.
She is a midwife who dreams that someday not so far off she will be able to serve more low income women in her community.
She is the grandmother of five, whose daughter triumphed by having a vaginal birth with a CPM after a Cesarean in the hospital.
He is the best friend of a young couple finding their way through a first, surprise pregnancy with the love and guidance of a midwife.
She is a public health policymaker who recognizes that the status quo does not serve women and babies, and wants to help make a change.
She is a new mother who has been transformed through the experience of her birth, and wants to share it with everyone she knows.
She is me, he is you, they are us, working together to bring about big change with our big and small change. Every dollar counts! MAMA fundraising is on a roll, with only $30,000  needed to keep the campaign on track through December.  Please help us over the finish line!  Donate to MAMA today!

MAMA Has Good News to Share!  Join Us for a Webinar on December 3rd to Learn All About It!
Our federal lobbyist, Billy Wynne will join representatives from the Campaign Steering Committee, on Thursday, December 3rd, for an exciting webinar about the MAMA Campaign at 8 pm EST. Please note that this is a new date.  The webinar was previously scheduled for the beginning of Thanksgiving week, but that week was too busy for too many of our supporters so we have postponed the date a week to accommodate our supporters.
The effort to secure federal recognition of CPMs got a big boost – language beneficial to CPMs is included in the Senate health care bill just released on Wednesday, November 18th.   And MAMA is still hard at work to include our amendment to reimburse CPMs in the federal Medicaid program in the final bill that will go to the President to be signed early next year.
You are invited to join us to hear:

  • What this new language in the Senate bill will mean for midwives and mothers across the country
  • About the most successful fundraising campaign for midwifery ever!
  • What the next steps are this year for Federal recognition for CPMs
It is easy to participate in the webinar!  Click here to register and receive easy steps to join us.
And during the webinar MAMA wants to answer your questions:  email a question to and put “Webinar Question Submission” in the subject line.
MAMA thanks you for all your support.  Happy Thanksgiving!
If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact the campaign at

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