Press Release: Lay Midwives, Families Fight Back

Lobby Day: Home Birth Freedom 11/12/15

Lay Midwife Advocates

Home Birth Freedom

By Abigail Nobel

Lansing, MI — In a major win for opponents of Midwife Licensure bills in Lansing, the House failed to reach a vote on HB 4598 before adjournment for Thanksgiving Break.

Despite cancellation of session on Thursday, activists for Home Birth Freedom plan full turn-out for their Lobby Day, with activities planned from 10 am – 2:30 pm and photo op 1:30-2:30 on the East Steps of the Capitol Building to be sure that parent and lay midwife voices are heard in Lansing. Legislators familiar with the conflict have made appointments with constituents on that day, and promise that their offices will remain open for visitors to the Capitol.

Opposing Lay Midwife Exclusion via Licensure

Parents and lay midwives see midwife licensure as an attempt to force them into a medical model of care. Home birth offers a different philosophy of care, one with its own cheering section for safety and success. They are committed to freedom to choose the full range of birth options without state interference or control from others in the health professions.

To learn more about this event, contact:
Abigail Nobel
Healthcare Freedom in Michigan
2794 1/2 142nd Ave.
Dorr, MI
C: 616-970-3926


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