Good news from Missouri!

iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
Missouri Supreme Court backs midwifery law

The Missouri Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision today, in effect making it legal for certified professional midwives to practice in Missouri. Yay!

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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,463Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    yay!
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    Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master! :lol:
  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    Awesome - I heard something about last week it passing a senate committee but this is even more exciting!
  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    Hooray! If homebirthing midwives had been easily available during my pregnancies, I might have tried to talk DH into being open-minded towards the idea. Oh well, there could be a next time for me.
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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    So are you going to change your birth plans because of this? Either way, that's exciting!
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  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    I might if it weren't so close to the wire, but Iris definitely has time.....;)
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  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote: »
    So are you going to change your birth plans because of this? Either way, that's exciting!

    I'm not sure. I have been thinking about it a lot lately even before this news came out.

    Even if a midwife-assisted birth doesn't happen for me this time, I'm so glad it's now legal. I hope that this will mean midwives will become more available (e.g. more CPMs in the state, more birth centers, home birth not having to be something kept quiet about) and more people will realize that OB/hospital births are not the only option.

    I am nervous that it's not going to stick though. The court didn't rule on whether the law was constitutional, only that the physicians' groups didn't have grounds to sue under these circumstances. So I'm still worried the law will be challenged or something. I hope not though! At least now the burden to cause change will be on those who oppose midwifery, not those who support it.
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  • curly_keltiecurly_keltie Posts: 791Registered Users
    That's awesome!

    Here in Alberta, the government is FINALLY going to fund midwifery services...although I don't know when that will start.
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  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    OK how's this for ridiculous:
    Tom Holloway, who lobbies for the Missouri State Medical Association, said the new law jeopardizes public safety because it allows midwives to "provide unlimited services related to pregnancy: C-sections, drugs, epidural anesthetic, even abortions, without any state regulation or oversight."
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  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    my only concern when legislation finally gets passed is for what's happening in WA to happen there. Too much regulation of the midwives and suddenly the state is limiting them to perfect births and now allowing them to attend multiples, breeches, HBACs or women who may have "high risk" factors that really are not high risk, just have been mismanaged in a hospital setting.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    my only concern when legislation finally gets passed is for what's happening in WA to happen there. Too much regulation of the midwives and suddenly the state is limiting them to perfect births and now allowing them to attend multiples, breeches, HBACs or women who may have "high risk" factors that really are not high risk, just have been mismanaged in a hospital setting.



    Yup...there's a price for being "legal"...oppressive oversight. The "a-legal" states are the best, where it's more of a don't-ask-don't-tell situation and everyone winks and nods and no one gets in trouble.
  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    my only concern when legislation finally gets passed is for what's happening in WA to happen there. Too much regulation of the midwives and suddenly the state is limiting them to perfect births and now allowing them to attend multiples, breeches, HBACs or women who may have "high risk" factors that really are not high risk, just have been mismanaged in a hospital setting.



    Yup...there's a price for being "legal"...oppressive oversight. The "a-legal" states are the best, where it's more of a don't-ask-don't-tell situation and everyone winks and nods and no one gets in trouble.

    Oh, yeah, that would be really unfortunate. I hope that does not happen in Missouri, although it wouldn't surprise me. I will be interested to see what happens with this issue when the legislature reconvenes.
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