I thought I'd send along an update for those who may not have heard what became of the Missouri Bill to legalize midwifery. The short version is this (taken from the Friends of Missouri Midwives newsletter that just landed in my mail.) The bill was shot down before it took affect at the end of August. A bunch of medical organizations (including ACOG) sued to have the addition to the insurance bill ruled as unconstitutional. They won. Now there is an appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court underway to overturn the ruling. Its an exciting saga... stay tuned.
Read the article in its entirety at www.friendsofmomidwives.org
Ready for a controversial question? (Of course you are, why else would you be reading this blog?)
Will making midwives legal really fix what ails us as a state? I just followed the link Dawn sent for a local mother's online forum. The discussion was on the best place in town to give birth, and to hear all the women chime in about their wonderful hospital births gives me pause. Women don't know what a good birth is. Having legal midwives may increase options, but what if those midwives are forced to deliver up the same old, same old that women get now. Lots of folks assume legalization is a good thing, and I suppose in some ways it is. But what drove me from the ranks of aspiring midwife was looking around and seeing midwives who were doing the very things they became midwives not to do. Look, I'm not knocking midwives, I love midwives. I just believe wholeheartedly that we live in a culture that is devoted to making midwives into mini-docs. Our culture does not even begin to appreciate the solutions that midwives have to offer. They want to police and legislate them into servants of the status quo. I want REAL options. I want NEW ideas. I want birth on MY OWN terms. The best conversations I've heard this year have been about unassisted birth. I want a revolution. I want transformation. What will it take to see real change?