Alabama’s Old Guard Pressed to Provide More (Sweet Home) Birth Options in “The Heart of Dixie”

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Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs)
NOT Legally Authorized to Practice in Alabama
Actively working on CPM Legislation


* MIDWIFERY PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIO
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Alabama Midwives Alliance
http://www.alabamamidwivesalliance.org/

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* CON
SUMER ORGANIZATION


Alabama Birth Coalition
http://www.alabamabirthcoalition.org/ABC color logo

Hannah Ellis, President
–> alabamabirthcoalitioninfo at gmail dot com
256-975-3845

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Both Alabama’s professional midwifery organization, the Alabama Midwives Alliance, and its consumer advocacy organization, Alabama Birth Coalition, are active.  Each year, the organizations meet, collaborate, fundraise, and advocate together for change in Alabama’s restrictive midwifery laws.

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378237_10152037864840164_1718171801_nDuring the 2013 legislative session, companion licensure bills (SB246 and HB178) were introduced in the Alabama House and Senate. Both bills received a first reading and were assigned to their respective Health Committees. HB178 was assigned to Sub-Committee and received a public hearing in Sub-Committee, but no public hearing was held in the Senate. Both bills died due to staunch opposition and political pressure from the state medical society.

Although much has been accomplished since the founding of Alabama Birth Coalition in 2004, Alabama continues to need additional consumer education and increased grassroots involvement in the political process. Raising the necessary finances to fund Coalition lobbying efforts each year is a challenging labor of love. Both the Alabama Birth Coalition and the Alabama Midwives Alliance continue to hope for increased access to evidence-based maternity care for all Alabama families, including the safe and cost effective care provided by Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs).

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