Include Midwives in Medicare for All

Include Midwives in Medicare for All

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Sarah Davis started this petition to Representative Anna G. Eshoo

Right now, midwives and midwifery consumers do not have a seat at the table in designing a new healthcare system. This is unacceptable and we must ensure that Americans have access to midwifery care nationwide by requesting that a representative of midwives and midwife consumers have a seat at the design table. On Tuesday, December 10th, the House of Representatives will be holding a hearing to hear from stakeholders as they examine universal healthcare/Medicare for All bills. We must demand that midwives are included in universal healthcare systems and that midwives are called as expert witnesses in Medicare for All hearings. 

Midwifery care is a family centered model of prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum care that is safe, cost-effective, and has high patient satisfaction. Midwives provide this care in community, clinic, and hospital settings across the United States. Midwives in the US include certified midwives, certified nurse midwives, and certified professional midwives. Midwifery care is universally implemented in most developed countries, but is not widely accessible in the US.

Midwifery care is integral to any health care system that provides high quality, cost effective care. As Congress explores options in various Medicare for All bills, midwifery should be included as a key component of a lower cost, higher quality healthcare system.  Midwives save lives.  Care with midwives has been proven to lower infant preterm birth rates and maternal morbidity rates, particularly among people of color.  In our current maternity care system we have high rates of unnecessary cesareans and exorbitantly high costs to consumers and taxpayers. Midwives lower unnecessary cesarean rates and improve outcomes for childbearing families while reducing costs.

Of the bills currently introduced in the House of Representatives regarding universal health care coverage, none mandate coverage of midwifery care yet! 

The Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is entitled, "Proposals to Achieve Universal Health Care Coverage." Please sign this petition today to join us in asking Representative Anna Eshoo, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, to include midwifery policy experts when designing a new healthcare system.

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