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Baltimore, MD: Tomorrow in Maryland Governor Hogan will sign a bill that will license and legalize Certified Professional Midwives, specialists in out of hospital birth. The bill is the result of a growing movement of women and families that are calling for greater access to midwifery care at home and in birth centers.
Maryland senators unanimously approved a bill Saturday that allows midwives to assist with home births
The Senate voted 45-0 to approve a version of the midwife bill, which had stalled in previous years.
We discuss legislation to license midwives in the state, with: Alexis Richardson [sic], Certified Professional Midwife and President of the Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland; and Shiopei Low, who has delivered two babies at home with Certified Professional Midwives.
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.
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.
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.
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.