Raising Women’s Voices

Home-Birth Advocates Push for Expanded Legal Recognition for Midwives

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on February 1, 2009

Advocates believe that home births are safe alternatives to hospital births and that Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) should be granted licenses to practice midwifery.

“We’re one of the few movements that’s succeeded in bringing together pro-life and pro-choice activists, liberal feminists and Christian conservatives,” says Katherine Prown, campaign manager of the group Big Push For Midwives.


Some key issues include the financial benefits that home birth and CPM’s offer, but another concern is the fact that nurse-midwives do not receive equal insurance reimbursements that physicians who perform the same exact duties receive.  Several states have addressed these issues and the results are nearly evenly split; 25 states license CPM’s, while the other 25 do not legally recognize and license CPM’s.

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