We are so grateful for you.
Because of your support, we were able to push hard in 2019.
From supporting and building the ecosystem of courageous leaders of state coalitions of midwives and consumers, to issuing key statements on the issues, to convening PushSummit 2019 in partnership with the "Sustain Midwives" #MANA2019 Conference, the Big Push for Midwives Campaign was feeling particularly pushy in 2019. Thanks to you, we were supported in our labor.
At PushSummit 2019, the Big Push for Midwives Campaign gathered change agents from across the U.S. birth community. These veteran birth activists represent midwives and consumers, and brought with them their incredible wisdom and strength.
PushSummit 2019 convened these leaders for strategy, fellowship and planning. The event powerfully advanced the work of the Big Push, which continues to serve grassroots activists in the PushNation, including those:
- working or planning licensure for CPMs in their states
- under the thumb of bad governing boards
- facing hostile rules and regulations
- staring at a sunset review
- concerned about the future of LAC (labor after cesarean) / VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean / and HBAC (home birth after cesarean)
- facing increased attacks on breech, and forced collaborative agreements
- working to remove Medicaid restrictions in their states for CPM coverage
- integrating CPMs fully into their community’s Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Continuum of Care
- facing legislative roadblocks, back-door dealings, and insider politics at their state capitol that prevent them from advancing
BIG BIG thanks to our sponsors and donors (Southern Cross Insurance Solutions, home of The Midwife Plan, and Overflow) and YOU!
MEET + GREET: Pushers in the PushNation
ISIS ROSE is a doula and birth assistant who aspires to be a home birth midwife. She intends to pursue more training in herbalism and womb wellness to accommodate birthing people before, during and beyond the childbearing year. Isis is passionate about serving families who are increasingly seeking undisturbed birth and alternative healing modalities. Relying on her training in sociocultural anthropology, Isis will continue to spread awareness about the history and present of childbirth for Black people in the United States.
Isis has joined forces with fellow home birth mama and birthworker, Chae Pounds, to bring birth education to their new project: Homecoming Podcast.
"Broadcasting how we birth in love. At Homecoming Podcast, we feature Black home birth stories. Our podcast brings awareness to the contemporary movement in which parents are seeking alternatives to hospital birth in search of more positive and fulfilling birth experiences. Our show includes conversations with dynamic guests and experts including birthing people, partners, midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, and cloth diaper enthusiasts. Raising consciousness through storytelling, we hope to serve as a resource for all who are considering birthing at home. Listen to Black home birth stories on your favorite podcast platform!"
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DEBORAH FISCH is a Michigan attorney whose practice focuses on healthcare professional licensing defense and the protection of birthing people’s rights in childbirth. She helped – successfully! – advocate for the licensing of Michigan Certified Professional Midwives and served on the Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery in its initial rule promulgation phase.
She is a founding member of Birth Rights Bar Association and continues to serve on BRBA’s board of directors. She is active in numerous other birth advocacy organizations, including the Big Push for Midwives Campaign, without whose constant support Michigan could not have seen its bill through to enactment in 2016.
During her tenure at AwakenMichigan: Reproductive and Sexual Justice Project(now sadly defunct), Deborah began substituting cartoons for law review articles. She shares her cartoons on her website, Mama’s Got a Plan. The cartoons address questions of maternity/midwifery care, health insurance and access to care, and Reproductive Justice – all through collage-style imagery accompanied by explanatory texts. Take a look!
Unregulate me? (This post was conceived with the help of the Big Push, which also helped out with its delivery.)
- How bad can it be?
- It COULD fall ...
- VBAC Roulette - AwakenMichigan
The Fellowship of the Bill (read all 9 parts!)
- And many more!!
Worldwide Day of Giving // December 3
TODAY is Giving Tuesday, the largest worldwide day of giving! We have set a goal to raise $5,000 in just 24 hours to benefit our new and ongoing statewide and national advocacy efforts.
As you may know, the Big Push for Midwives is a national campaign to secure regulation and license laws for Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in all 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
The Big Push supports the courageous leaders of state coalitions of midwives and consumers, who are building effective public education and legislative campaigns to pass CPM legislation, implementing new CPM licensure laws, and fully integrating CPMs into their community's Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Continuum of Care.
In states where community midwives are regulated through licensure and fully integrated into the RMNCH Continuum of Care, those states provide better access to care and better outcomes.
(or donate at https://www.paypal.me/PushForMidwives)
The Big Push holds a new vision of U.S. maternity care: better outcomes for moms and babies, and greatly expanded access to community midwives and the full range of birth options. We are working to bring community midwives out from underground economies in some states and fully integrate them into the RMNCH Continuum of Care in others.
It takes all of us to make a difference in this birth work, and we invite you to please consider donating to our #GivingTuesday campaign today. Thank you for donating!
Give a little. Push a lot.
The Big Push for Midwives
PUSHING FOR CPM REGULATION + INTEGRATION
Your tax-deductible, year-end gift will help the Big Push advance the national, grassroots movement for community midwives in 2020 by:
- Providing and maintaining a forum for our state organizations to come together, share ideas, strategize, and develop education and advocacy material for use by all PushStates.
- Drafting timely news releases and distributing to media sources nationwide for positive stories, and providing responses to combat negative stories.
- Being the biggest cheerleader for tired, weary, and discouraged state leaders!
- Checking, upon request, our partner organizations' proposed bill language for any errors or mistakes and providing strategy for specific, on-the-ground situations.
- Providing critiques, upon request, of our organizations' methods, websites, newsletters, and action alerts, for increased effectiveness.
- Regularly updating the Big Push website, blog, and Facebook page, and keeping the public informed about what is happening in the states and on the national level.
- Planning national PushSummits so the PushNation can get together, share, strategize, and be refreshed.
The Big Push for Midwives is fiscally sponsored by Sustainable Markets Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Big Push works to increase access to Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), the only U.S. healthcare providers with required training in out-of-hospital maternity care. If you haven’t already, please sign-up for PushAlerts here