The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released on April 9 the Medicare billing information for physician providers after decades of litigation by the American Medical Association (AMA) seeking to block the release. [] Some of the dollar figures for federal moneys paid to individual physicians have been shocking, but those of us who have studied the economics of maternity care should not be surprised. It is basic economics that markets in which consumer access to information is blocked, and also where real competition has been suppressed, will be characterized by high prices.

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The Big Push for Midwives Campaign supports the release of provider billing information because it benefits women and their families. Consumers should have access to information that could affect decisions about their healthcare, including the choice of provider and the cost of a provider’s services. [click to continue…]


Big Medicine Plays Its Only Card: The Ace of Scaremongering

by PushGirl Friday on February 4, 2014

Big Medicine likes to scare you about birth

For those playing along at home, as soon as The Big Push for Midwives announced the “Largest US Study to Date Finds Home Birth to Be a Safe Option for Most Women” based on newly released research (here and here), Big Medicine played a card from its dark deck.

Goliath reached up its sleeve to flip the Ace of Scaremongering at millions of mothers, families, and babies across the US, in its desperate attempt to try to shut/shout down the truth, citing numbers that are neither published nor peer reviewed, and based on birth certificate data.

The good news is that the truth about the safety of out-of-hospital birth as published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health is still available even if Goliath is teetering from the stone that hit his exposed forehead.

While it is beyond pathetic to see the turf war that Big Medicine continues is waging, it is sadly not surprising. Goliath doesn’t seem to care that:

  • Rural, uninsured, and underinsured women need more maternity care options.
  • States need to remove barriers that deny mothers, families, and babies access to high-quality, safe, and cost-effective midwifery care.
  • The US needs to get it in gear to significantly reduce rates of prematurity and low-birth weigh that are critical to reducing racial and economic disparities in birth outcomes, and reducing unnecessary costs to our health care system.
  • The US has one of the highest rates of both infant and maternal death among industrialized countries, and frankly, the US maternity care system is broken. Maternal and fetal mortality rates are worse than 40 other countries worldwide, and we spend more money than anyone else on maternity care. Where is almost all that care being delivered? The answer Goliath doesn’t want you to see through his 30%-c-section-tinted glasses is HOSPITALS. 

Big Medicine is NOT doing so great at birth in America, and Big Medicine’s problem with out-of-hospital birth is not that it isn’t safe. Rather, it’s that it is a safe option for most women and thus presents a threat to the Big Medicine status quo and the trade associations and state medical societies who control it. Goliath is deeply dependent on maintaining the status quo … so dependent that Big Medicine will sometimes tell bald-faced lies about out-of-hospital birth research on national television and in other media outlets and hope that no one notices.

Here are some other sensible voices on the matter:

Here at The Big Push for Midwives, we are ALL IN to knocking Goliath down. The powerful and strong are not always what they seem. David had only a stone and a slingshot to bring down the greatest warrior of his time. The Big Push has only the truth, courage, faith, and the amazing grassroots uprising of the PushStates who fight the good fight every day from where they are with what they have.

To see more on these dueling studies, visit the PushHeadlines page today.


Q&A with The Big Push for Midwives

January 20, 2014

Submit your question to The Big Push for Midwives. QUESTION: Home birth legislation seems to be a true non-partisan issue, with Republicans politicians showing support from the right, as well as feminists from the left. Has this been your experience? Is there any instance from state to state that you know of where pro-midwife legislation has been […]

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Q&A with The Big Push for Midwives

January 17, 2014

Submit your question to The Big Push for Midwives. QUESTION: What type of opposition have you encountered during your work for The Big Push? Can you note a prominent incident or situation? ANSWER: In virtually every state we generate fierce opposition from professional associations, such as ACOG and state medical societies, with a vested financial interest in maintaining […]

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Q&A with The Big Push for Midwives

January 14, 2014

Submit your question to The Big Push for Midwives. QUESTION: The Big Push for Midwives seems to be the center of a very successful campaign for midwives; with pro midwife legislation having been passed in Idaho, as well as Missouri, where the law was tested in the State Supreme Court and won, despite the direct advocacy of […]

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Q&A with The Big Push for Midwives

January 13, 2014

Submit your question to The Big Push for Midwives. QUESTION: The American Medical Association (AMA) (along with other doctor trade organizations) has taken a stance diametrically opposed to home birth and Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). Activist midwives and consumers who are involved in statewide legislative efforts across the US have cited the AMA’s stance as a […]

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Happy Happy New Year!

January 6, 2014 let’s say we get out there and do more in 2014 There’s still time to donate We’re getting close to our target goal to help keep on the lights here in 2014 at The Big Push for Midwives with the New Year here upon us. On Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, we will celebrate our […]

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Honor Your Midwife for Labor Day!

September 2, 2013

In commemoration of Labor Day 2013, The Big Push for Midwives Campaign has launched the Honor Your Midwife for Labor Day fundraising project, which will give thousands of families across the United States the opportunity to honor their midwife and support our media campaign to raise public awareness about the benefits of midwives and out-of-hospital […]

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Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs)
Legal Status By State

August 29, 2013

(Click the red map markers below to open/close the PushState info. May not function properly on an iPad.) What is the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Credential? The Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential was developed in the late 1980s and was first issued in 1994 by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) to midwives with specialized training […]

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Statement of The Big Push for Midwives Campaign on the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership

July 15, 2013

At its November 2005 Interim Meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates adopted Resolution 814 titled, “Limited Licensure Health Care Provider Training and Certification Standards.” The resolution states: RESOLVED, That our AMA, through the Scope of Practice Partnership, immediately embark on a campaign to identify and have elected or appointed to state medical […]

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