The Big Push for Midwives campaign — 10,000 Facebook members strong — is taking their message to Congress this week with a Capitol Hill Issue briefing “on how out-of-hospital maternity care reduces costs and improves outcomes,” writes the group. “Studies show low-risk women who plan their births with out-of-hospital midwives have outcomes equal to low-risk women who deliver in the hospital, but with far fewer costly and preventable interventions.” Not to mention unnecessary and harmful interventions! Increasing women’s access to midwives and birth centers should be a no-brainer, but so far, nobody at the healm of health care reform is talking about the need for maternity care reform, which could save the country billions of dollars a year. (Read more about the potential cost savings in the L.A. Times.)
You can help out the Big Push by spreading the word about the briefing, scheduled for this Thursday, May 21, and urging your representatives to attend.