Support a Woman's Right to Choose Home Birth and Say NO to SB1157

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Support a Woman's Right to Choose Home Birth and Say NO to SB1157

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Erin Vaughn started this petition to Arizona State Senator Nancy Barto

The Arizona State Legislature is considering adopting a new bill that would make it illegal for home birth midwives to attend breech, VBAC, and multiple births (SB1157). Doing so goes against evidence-based medicine and would strip away a woman's right to decide how and where her children are born. It belittles the well-respected field of midwifery and leaves important decisions about a woman's health in the hands of the state government.

A recent study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health shows that current science supports home birth for breech and VBAC patients. Not only is home birth safe but planned home births often result in better outcomes for both mother and child. Home birth is the only option for some women seeking a vaginal delivery of their breech or VBAC baby. Midwives are highly trained professionals. Midwives are trained in the delivery of breech births whereas obstetricians often are not. To take away the option to birth at home forces some women to undergo an unnecessary and potentially dangerous and emotionally scarring cesarean delivery. 

Please help to protect a woman's birth choices and object to the passage of SB1157.

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