Project: The MAMA Campaign: Policy Support

National Association of Certified Professional Midwives

Every day in the U.S., women and babies suffer, even die, from the inherent irrationality and harmful practices of our current medical management approach to birth in the U.S. Women and babies of color suffer these consequences at many times the rate of the general population. Certified Professional Midwife care is proven to make a difference in the lives of childbearing women, improving quality, safety, and women’s experience of care, all the while saving significant health care dollars. The Access to Certified Professional Midwives Act, soon to be re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in May 2015, will open doors to full access to CPM care for all women, including low-income women insured by Medicaid. FAM grant funds will support the advancement of this important piece of legislation and increasing access to quality care for all childbearing women and babies.