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Friday, March 16, 2012

lobby day

the beginning of the 2012 NACPM Symposium started with a bunch of midwives occupying capitol hill.

there were about 45 of us crowded into a small room at the health policy source office this morning, being prepped for our meetings with senators and congressmen, advocating for the mission of the MAMA campaign and HR 1054.

the bill, if passed would include CPM's in the list of providers that would be reimbursed by medicaid for out of hospital midwifery services. right now there are only about 14 of the 24 odd states where midwives are licensed that receive medicaid reimbursements.

our WA state contingent was strong, about fourteen. much of the information that we provided the representatives comes from data collected from our home state (yes, yes. i'm not from washington, but for all intensive purposes, why not).

over the next four days we will be filled with information, my aim is to try and blog throughout.

i should be proud. there are only a handful of students that are present at this symposium. i'm amongst some pretty powerful midwives and the energy is high.

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