What is the work of the Big Push for Midwives?

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    Providing vital “labor” support to the courageous mothers and midwives nationwide, who sacrifice so much in pushing forward the national movement for increased access to Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), community birth, out-of-hospital maternity care, and additional birth options.
  • Helping individuals and coalitions to expand the strength and reach of their shared message, as well as many other critically needed services.
  • Providing public education and public policy experience, highlighting strategies and best practices that have worked, and discussing tactics to avoid that have proven ineffective.
  • Empowering states to educate more efficiently and effectively for CPM regulation.
  • Helping the brave people of the PushStates, who are incredibly hard-working and dedicated volunteer advocates. They give the enormous gifts of their personal time, talent, and treasure today so their children and grandchildren will have the freedom to select legal CPMs tomorrow.

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  1. CPMs provide affordable, quality, community-based care and community birth that reduce costly, preventable interventions.
  2. The U.S. can no longer afford a system that produces inferior results at premium costs. The nation needs safe and less-costly maternity care now.
  3. Advocates from participating PushStates pool their collective resources and experience, to coordinate and optimize advocacy efforts.
  4. More and more PushStates are building winning, state-level education campaigns towards successful regulation and licensure of CPMs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
  5. Those mothers and families who are pushing for midwives envision a new model of U.S. maternity care built on expanding access to community birth maternity care and CPMs, who provide affordable, quality, community-based care that is proven to reduce costly and preventable interventions, and decrease the rate of low-birth weight and premature births.

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