Today it was announced that Wyoming is seriously considering passing a bill that would allow midwives to legally practice in the state.
A Virginia attorney, Andrew Emrich who moved to Wyoming was dismayed not to have the option of a home birth midwife when his wife became pregnant with their fifth child back in 2005. It was then he learned that ‘midwifery is illegal in Wyoming’.
As I continue to read through the evidenced-based maternity report, I am more and more convinced that moving towards midwifery based care and free-standing birthing centers could be the answer to many of our country’s healthcare woes. Charges for childbirth vary considerably depending on the type and place of birth. “The average hospital charge in 2005 ranged from about $7,000 for an uncomplicated vaginal birth to about $16,000 for a complicated cesarean section, yet out-of-hospital birth centers were about one-quarter of the charges of uncomplicated vaginal birth in hospitals ($1,624 in 2003, when the national average charge for uncomplicated vaginal birth in hospitals was $6,239) three-quarters of the expense concentrated in the hospital stay.”
On Nov. 9th their was a protest outside the Australian Prime Minister’s office. Apparently the Australian government has announced its intention to make amendments to the Medicare for the Midwives Bill that will force private midwives who attend home births to work in collaboration with a doctor.
This excerpt from the report:
Australian College of Midwives president Jenny Gamble told protesters an amendment to the Medicare for Midwives Bill will give doctors the choice about how women give birth.
The American College of Certified Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) and other organizations that support Certified Professional Midwives (CPM’s) appear to be having quite a tif.
In July, the ACNM submitted a letter to members of congress opposing Federal Recognition of CPM’s for serving Medicaid and Medicare recipients. At first glance this might seem like a cat-fight, so I thought I would highlight the issues.