MAWS Spring Update 2013

MAWS celebrates our 30th Anniversary this year and here in Washington, we have already had an exciting 2013 so far!  

MAWS President, Valerie Sasson, was interviewed by our local public radio station, KUOW, on a show called “The Pros And Cons Of Home And Hospital Births”.  Listen here

WA midwives were also recently featured in an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal titled, "Health Care of the Future: Midwives deliver growing share of babies in state, U.S."  We’re also excited to be sponsoring upcoming episodes of “Call the Midwife” on KCTS which had an average nightly viewership of 56,000 households last season! 

We also held our annual lobby day in February where more than 50 midwives, midwifery students and moms and dads with their children participated in 60 meetings with legislators and their staff.  This year, we are running a bill that would require the Department of Health to write rules to develop a clear path to licensure for CPMs in WA to bridge the gap between the national credential and existing state law.  This process would provide current and future applicants with clear expectations enabling us to build capacity in the midwifery profession and at the same time address a critical shortage of maternity care providers in our state.  The bill would also mandate continuing education, peer review and data collection with the goal of demonstrating the high quality of care that midwives provide.  Additionally, the bill seeks to clarify that midwives should be compensated for the exceptional care that they provide to newborns.  

Exciting things are also happening for midwifery on a national level. Read the MAWS Press Release about the New Birth Center Study here (PDF).

We hope you’ll join us at our Spring Conference on May 10 to celebrate our 30 years as a professional association!  

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