Thank you

by PushGirl Friday on November 25, 2014

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Thank you SO much all you amazing Pushers fighting to remove barriers that deny mothers, babies, and families access to high-quality, safe, and cost-effective midwifery care and increased access to Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), who specialize in out-of-hospital maternity care. http://j.mp/BigPushTY2014

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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. [http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/09/us-usa-medicare-data-idUSBREA3809H20140409] 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…]

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Big Medicine Plays Its Only Card: The Ace of Scaremongering

February 4, 2014

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 […]

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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

..so 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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