WYPR Maryland Morning Show: An Age-Old Debate On The Role Of Midwives Returns To The General Assembly

WYPR Maryland Morning Show: An Age-Old Debate On The Role Of Midwives Returns To The General Assembly

Today we’re looking at a bill to make it legal for certified professional midwives to attend home births in Maryland. 28 other states already recognize and license midwives, but in Maryland licensing has been stalled for years by disagreements between the medical establishment and advocates for midwives. 

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Baltimore Sun: House gives preliminary OK to bill allowing home midwives

Baltimore Sun: House gives preliminary OK to bill allowing home midwives

The House Health and Government Operations Committee voted unanimously to approve the measure after proponents and opponents negotiated a deal. The key compromise came on the issue of licensed midwives assisting at home births by women who have previously had a Cesarean section -- a practice opposed by the state medical society.

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As Britain Advises Healthy Pregnant Women to Birth At Home, Maryland Women Struggle to Overturn Prohibition on Home Birth Care Providers

As Britain Advises Healthy Pregnant Women to Birth At Home,  Maryland Women Struggle to Overturn Prohibition on Home Birth Care Providers

This week, Britain announced new national health guidelines actively encouraging healthy women to birth at home, based on evidence establishing the safety of home birth over hospital birth for these mothers. This news comes as women in Maryland enter the fourth year of fighting for access to Certified Professional Midwives, who specialize in home birth. Most women in Maryland do not have access to licensed home birth providers.  

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Maryland Families Demand Access to Birth Options

Maryland Families Demand Access to Birth Options

Women and families in Maryland are entering their fourth year of working to license and legalize Certified Professional Midwives who attend home births in Maryland. The Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland (AIMM), announced their leadership in crafting legislation, in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other stakeholders, that will create a licensure for home birth midwives. 

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