Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Keeping my options open

I just mailed off my invoices for my speaking gig in San Francisco. What a kick- to get paid to speak. I've got three more speaking gigs in the mix for this year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. One is for breastfeeding, the other two for birth. I'm chomping at the bit to get to speak on birth issues. Especially when I eye my fat rolly polly baby grinning and drooling at me. Rather than women's options in birth expanding, I see them shrinking. In our state of Missouri, there is legislation pending to make direct entry midwives legal. Missouri is one of 9 states still without a midwifery law. (Not that having one equals nirvana either.) But it is a start. Having options is always better than not having them.

1 comment:

Real said...

I know what you mean! Our state just passed legislation two years ago to legalize DEMs. It just barely passed by one vote. This year during our legislative session, an RN Senator married to an MD introduced a bill that would restrict who can have a homebirth. Restrictions included history of previous miscarriage or a baby weighing more than 8lbs 3 oz. and other such nonsense. Luckily, it never got to the floor but died in committee when the session ended. I thought we had won when the original bill passed. I never really understood that you can never let your guard down.