Mamas on Bedrest: The CDC’s Report on Certified Professional Midwives

January 27th, 2012

Bedrest Coach Darline Turner-Lee reviews and comments on a recent press release issued by The Big Push for Midwives Campaign.

In the Press Release, the CDC notes an increase in home births in non-hispanic white women, yet decreasing or stagnat numbers amongst women of color. The press release also noted that

“The CDC report as well as other reports show that babies born to women cared for by Certified Professional Midwives (CPM’s) are far less likely to be preterm or born low birth weight, two of theprimary contributing factors not only to infant mortality, but to racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.”

The Big Push for Midwives is hoping that this report from the CDC will spur action in legislation and amongst medical organizations to allow CPM’s to care for and be reimbursed for care given to women of color and low income women-women who might most benefit from CPM care.

4 responses to “Mamas on Bedrest: The CDC’s Report on Certified Professional Midwives”

  1. Hi Darline,
    Thanks so much for posting about the CDC report that we are circulating through our Big Push Press Release. We need lots of women to join their local Friends of Midwives or other birth justice groups and help us work for licensure, autonomous practice, and Medicaid coverage for midwives in all states. We also need to work hard and fight for policies to increase the diversity of the midwife workforce. The MOMS for the 21st Century Act, which has been introduced in Congress, helps with that goal by increasing funds for midwifery education and including CPMs for the first time in the U.S. National Health Service Corps.

  2. Bravo!!!

    Claudia Booker, African-American CPM

  3. Darline says:

    Glad to help out. Will pass the word along about getting involved in midwifery groups.

  4. Darline says:

    Hey Claudia, Thanks for the kudos. Will let mamas in the DC area know you are out there when they ask for a reference!!

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