AB1308, new regs & new legislative efforts

https://tinyurl.com/ydcmxlkv  ACOG Committee Opinions #166 and #214, the 2000 Amendment (SB 1479) to the LMPA of 1993 and the midwifery Standard of Care ~ Limitations imposed by AB 1308 in 2013 that repealed the standard of care and statutorily denied ‘patient autonomy’ and ‘self-determination’ to essentially healthy childbearing women The Standard of Care for California Licensed Midwives (SCCLM) was […]

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https://tinyurl.com/ybvde6cx ~ This URL links to Parts 1. You can access Part 2 by clicking the link at the bottom of Part 1.  The story behind the 1993 Licensed Midwifery Practice Act and organized medicine’s 2013 amendment to the LMPA that irrationally restricts access to care by Ca LMs The California Licensed Midwifery Practice Act was introduced in 1993 by Senator Lucy […]

tinyurl.com/ybvde6cx Safe, cost-effective Childbirth in the 21st Century Healthy childbearing women and their babies are always safer when the mother-to-be receives regular prenatal care during pregnancy, is cared for by a trained and experienced birth attendant throughout active labor, the birth of her baby, the immediate postpartum-neonatal period and initial breastfeeding and that both new mother […]

Why CALM, CCM & C-FAM (you too we hope) is opposed to California senate bill 457 The California Nurse-Midwives Association and the California Association of Licensed Midwives (CALM) stand together in opposition to this bill. CALM is opposed because: This bill, which is being promoted by anti-midwife physician groups, drastically reduces the scope of practice for […]

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GOOD NEWS! I am extreame encouraged by the recent and unexpected turn of event in the political saga between ACOG and Ca LMs.  ACOG’s two newest  Committee Opinions on PHB (#669) and a pregnant woman’s right to refuse medical recommendations (#664) are an answer to our prayers. Clearly, these ACOG policy statements are nothing less than […]

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California College of Midwives Standards & Guidelines ~ Section Four ~ October 2004 A Clarifying & Statistically-relevant Definition of a Midwife-attended “Planned Home Birth” for practical, political, policy purposes A professionally-attended and planned home birth with a licensed midwife is intentional –– that is, a thoughtful and informed decision mutually made by the parents and […]

https://tinyurl.com/y9f2zwgr Prepared by Faith Gibson, LM I’ve provided hard-copy references when available and URL info to easily link to on-line documentation.  Reading historical source documents provides a fascinating insight that can’t be matched by the brief descriptions in this short history. Whenever documents are available on-line, I have cited each paragraph individually, using sequential letters in parenthesis (a) (b), […]

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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 […]

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NOTE: This essay has become far too long for its previous title as a “Short” History of Midwifery. Since it covers more than 165 years of sociology, the politics of organized medicine, and legislative history of both non-nurse and nurse-midwifery, I still think its ‘short’ but many of my readers didn’t agree. I’m currently editing […]

A possible win-win for mothers and midwives vs. business-as-usual Since the 1980s, most L&D units have ‘permitted’ unmedicated women to get out of bed, and fathers and family members are now ‘allowed’ to present for the birth, but this only returns us to the central theme for many contemporary women – the absence of an […]

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