Health Care Reform will Help Moms and Babies.

Democrats were successful at passing the first major health care legislation since the New Deal. This is great news for moms and babies. The law has added the following provisions related to maternal/pregnancy and birth health care:

Medicaid reimbursement will be available for Certified Professional Midwives working in licensed birthing centers. I am hoping this will open up the door for midwives to open up birthing centers all across the nation, allowing low income women living in rural and underserved areas better access to midwifery-based maternal and child care. This is a win-win situation for women and midwives-hopefully providing choices in health care that more effectively address the cultural differences in the communities where these women live. When women feel honored, and are being cared for and served by providers that understand their culture, language and social norms, it will create an environment of support and empathy-rather than one that may leave women feeling scared and powerless at a very vulnerable time in their lives. Midwives can now effectively serve these women knowing that their work will be paid for by insurance.

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New Guidelines for Mammography

OK- So this is unrelated to birth, but in my opinion it’s a huge women’s health issue.  Mammography.

Hello, my name is Lori, I am 40, and I have crappy health insurance.  Like a good informed citizen, I got a mammogram shortly after my 40th birthday because that was the ‘right’ thing to do according to the medical powers that be.  This decision was made by me based on the recommendation and guidelines, that were changed just today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. I am applauding this decision and here’s why.

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