[PushNews] News from Missouri: 5 Years In: Midwife-attended Home Births Double

July 3, 2013

Congratulations from the Big Push for Midwives Campaign to the Friends of Missouri Midwives (FOMM) and the Missouri Midwives Association (MMA) on the fifth anniversary of the Missouri Supreme Court decision! The Big Push for Midwives steering committee particularly LOVES this latest FOMM news release as our own Susan Jenkins was one of the attorneys […]

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Thank you very (very) much!

June 26, 2013

. Fire up the PushMediaMachine, we are back in business! We will live to Push again! Many thanks and lots of hugs and kisses to all of you incredibly wonderful Pushers and other folks who chipped in on this latest fundraising effort. Because you reached down and gave what you could, the Big Push for […]

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The Orthodoxy of Birth

June 16, 2013

Have you ever stopped to think about how one group’s version of what is true and what isn’t becomes the dominant voice? All through history, one group or another has decided that it had the insider information not only about God but about life, the world, how things were supposed to work. If you weren’t […]

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50+ Shades of Green

May 21, 2013

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 […]

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Birth Center Study Shows Excellent Outcomes for CPMs and CNMs, Points to Need for More Access for Low-Income Women

February 2, 2013

Members of the Big Push for Midwives Campaign applaud the publication of the American Association of Birth Centers’ landmark National Birth Center Study II in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. The national prospective study pointed to excellent outcomes in midwife-led birth centers run by both Certified Professional Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives. Seventy-nine birth […]

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Happy New Year!

January 2, 2013

PushGirl Friday gets down to where rubber meets road, sharing her hard-won expertise from the campaign trail to increase pro-midwife and pro-birth options in the U.S. The work continues, and together, we are pushing forward for birth options! Sign-up for PushAlerts! “Good news out of Maryland—and what an excellent action alert! (Please see Maryland’s Alert below.) Jeremy and […]

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Pushing Back to Protect Our Birth Rights

December 29, 2012

Dear Childbirth Professionals, Moms, Dads, and Birth Options Activists: On behalf of The Big Push for Midwives, a most sincere THANK YOU for all you do to increase pro-midwife and pro-birth options in the U.S. You inspire us. Before 2012 gets away, please take a breath to think of all you’ve done this year to […]

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HOURS LEFT — PushAlert: Mass Needs YOU

July 30, 2012

TODAY is the day, Massachusetts!!! The midwifery bill URGENTLY needs you! Please call your own legislator NOW, letting him/her know that having good birth options is important to you. Please ask them to call Chairman Dempsey and ask him to release our bill—HB 4253—An Act Relative to Certified Professional Midwives—today. We only have HOURS left […]

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PushAlert: Massachusetts Needs YOU

July 25, 2012

Attention Massachusetts!!! If you care about mothers and babies, the Commonwealth needs your help TODAY to PASS HB 4253—An Act Relative to Certified Professional Midwives.  We have just a few days left to pass this important legislation that will regulate Certified Professional Midwives. Currently, there is no state oversight, which means: ANYONE—even an 18 year […]

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New York Times: “The (Home) Birther Movement”

May 26, 2012

“[Ina May] Gaskin says that because midwife-assisted home birth is illegal in many states, many women are de facto coerced into surgery or other interventions they don’t need. For Gaskin, choice in birth remains a realm of reproductive freedom that mainstream feminism, until recently, has foolishly ignored; women should seek not just the freedom to […]

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