~ faith gibson ~ written 2002, revised Sept 2007, posted on FG.org Jan 2020 I am one of the few individuals in either the midwifery community or the employ of the Medical Board who has been involved full-time in the legal and legislative issues of California midwifery before, during and after the passage of the… Continue reading Legal History of Midwifery in California ~ Part 1 (of3)
The best way to understand the contemporary politics of allopathic medicine in California is to peek behind the curtain of our state’s modern-day Medical Practice Act to its original 1876 “Healing Arts Act” and California’s first attempt to legally define and regulate the use of the word “doctor”. So here is a brief historical account… Continue reading The Healing Arts ~ A Short History of California Medical Practice Act
ASIDE: I found a funny blooper in AB 1308 – a misunderstanding of the word “version”, which is a technical term that actually refers to “podalic” version — changing a vtx position to a breech during 2nd stage by reaching up in the mother’s uterus and pulling her baby out by its feet: (e) The… Continue reading Significant changes in the LMPA in final version of AB 1308
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Dear Midwives, As a midwife who has been practicing since the 1970s, I would like to first express my appreciation to Sarah Davis and Constance Rock for their extraordinary dedication to our profession and the families we serve, as well as Faith Gibson and the members of the Midwifery Advisory Council for the countless hours… Continue reading Open Letter to Ca LMs on AB 1308 & historical issues of mfry in California
What Ca LMs needs to know b4 reading: First, this is the SAME language as before. The changes expected to remove physician supervision as a prerequisite of practice can’t be made when the bill goes back to the Assembly for (yet) another hearing. Second, this Senate analysis provides a number of interesting things, including “the facts”… Continue reading Senate Analysis of AB 1308 as posted on August 13, 2013
News Flash #1 ~ Tosi Marceline is newest LM member of the Midwifery Advisory Council News Flash #2 ~ Constance Rock and Sara Davis gave their report on the most updated version of AB 1308 during today’s Midwifery Council meeting (webcast available on line!) They had extraordiary news, but remember that AB 1308 is still a bill,… Continue reading Today’s Mfry Council ~ surprising but wonderful news about AB 1308: supervision on chopping block
I am relieved and please that Assemblywoman Bonilla’ office kept their promise to do something really important to help midwives, mothers and eventually California taxpayers. Recognizing LMs as qualified to function as birth attendants in birth centers and for the facility to qualify for reimbursement through MediCal is monumental progress. This really is a BFD. The… Continue reading Good News about AB 1308 ~ not perfect but important ~ adds LMs to laws regulating the operation of independent birth centers
Access to Affordable Maternity Care in California by Professionally-licensed Midwives The re-classification of the midwifery profession as a medicalized discipline in 1974 was economically advantages to medical profession, but detrimental to midwives, childbearing families and California taxpayers. A problematic aspect of midwifery as a medicalized discipline is the economic effect on these non-physician practitioners and… Continue reading FACT SHEET #2 ~ Defining midwifery as a medicalized discipline is economically advantages to medical profession
California College of Midwives Access to Affordable Maternity Care in California by Professionally-licensed Midwives What happens when the legacy practice of midwifery as a personalized form of care is reclassified as a medicalized, physician-dependent discipline? What happens when the traditionally non-medical skills of midwives are legally defined as ‘medical activities’ to be delegated and supervised by… Continue reading FACT SHEET #1: Midwifery ~ a mother-centered model of personalized care? Or a delegated medical activity provided under the authority of the medical profession?