Now that we have gone EMERALD and our PushStates are immersed in 50+ Shades of Green, the Big Push for Midwives is pleased to officially recognize INDIANA, our 28th State, making it five states in the five years since our original launch on PushDay on January 24, 2008—Maine, Missouri, Idaho, Wyoming, and Indiana.
If we look back to 2005, and add in three more states (from which activists were among the Big Push founders)—Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin—we can look back with pride on eight states in eight years. The newly updated PushChart shows us these newly licensed states represent nearly 30 percent of the total 28 states where Certified Professional Midwives are legally authorized to practice (yes, even we can do math), in a process that began back in the 1970s.
The lessons we draw from this really hard work are that results demonstrate compromise—sometimes deeper compromise than we want—but states working together in the Big Push for Midwives are making slow and steady progress that averages out to about one state per year … slower progress maybe than Dr. Friedman might demand for labor, but steady progress nevertheless.
Green is the color of growth, hope, and new beginnings.
Our new 50+ Shades of Green PushMap makes us hopeful, not only because of all the states that are now EMERALD, but also because of all the states still represented in other shades of green. All in all, we see Pushers nationwide who are pushing for bills, developing bills, developing supporters, and watching for their time.
There is hope in the air too because we recognize that, while not all state laws are perfect, the Big Push for Midwives Campaign has become a proven resource for older EMERALD states when it comes time to defend or improve their existing laws or rules. Recent examples include Colorado, which won the right for midwives to carry and administer life-saving medications during its Sunset process in 2012, or South Carolina and Texas, both of which confronted and handily defeated hostile bills that would have crippled CPM practice in their states. Several states, including Arizona, California, and Oregon, have now joined with the Big Push while they work on necessary revisions to their laws or practice regulations.
What’s more, we recognize that a few other EMERALD states also need to go back to their respective legislature or regulatory agency to fix problems that limit access to CPM care or limit CPM autonomy. In all these efforts, the Big Push, a sisterhood of state activists, is there to provide support, advice, strategic planning, and love.
So, Indiana, today is your day, and this is your season! Congratulations and welcome to your new status as the 28th EMERALD PushState. We are so very proud of your hard work and successes. After a bit of PushBubbly, we are back in the saddle, picking up the reins on the campaign trail to provide strategic planning and message development for state consumer and midwife groups that are actively working on legislation to license Certified Professional Midwives. The Big Push is here for all states with laws that need making and mending! Together, we are envisioning the day when CPMs are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. Standing shoulder to shoulder, we are pushing hard for legal Certified Professional Midwives NOW!