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Letter from the MMA President,
Winter 2014



Signs of spring that I have experienced so far, robins and other song birds have been seen and heard, skunks smelled and warmer weather has melted some of the mounds of snow. (Finally) I did go to Portland OR and see buds and flowers but that is cheating.

This winter has been difficult to get out of our warm comfortable beds to go out into bitter temperatures. To drive snowy and icy roads to support laboring women as they bring new life into this world. Although each birth is like its own spring. And yet would we do anything else… I found my self singing “I love being a midwife” a little sarcastically on more then one occasion as I braved difficult conditions. We should all be looking forward to a busy autumn as ice storm and polar vortex conceptions come due.

In this newsletter you will find a call for nominations to the MMA Board Of Directors, you are welcome to nominate yourself or someone you think would do a great job. Elections will be held in the fall. Ballots will be sent out in the fall newsletter. We welcome new perspectives and new leaders to join the board. This makes for a strong forward moving organization.

Also, I am pleased to announce our Spring fundraiser to be held May 5th Midwives Day!

Almost all Midwives have a relationship with one or more Chiropractors. We send them our clients when they need help with alignment of a baby or when a client is struggling with back pain. Those clients often become long term patients. MMA is asking our membership to contact one or more of their favorite Chiropractors (by a letter being provided to you in this newsletter how easy) to ask them to donate their proceeds on May 5th to MMA.

MMA is a 501C3 so the donation is a tax deductible. If we all participate we can strengthen MMA and better serve our membership.
Funds raised can….
- Improve conferences and spring workshops.
- Provide student scholarships to our events
- Help us register for other conferences and public health outreach
- Finance initiatives that improve midwifery,maternal and neonatal care in the state of Michigan
- Pay for professional services for the organization such as public relations, web design and accounting consultants.
- Help support national and international midwifery organizations and midwifery related research.

When you have given your Chiropractor the letter please email the contact information of the participating Chiropractor so we can follow up with thank you cards, collection and tax information. Letters should go out as soon as possible and be followed up with a call to confirm that they received the invitation to participate. If your chiropractor is not open on that day they are free to pick another day that week. If you have any questions or would like a pep talk before contact your favorite chiropractor please feel free to give me a call.

I am looking forward to a successful fundraiser!

I wish you all a warm spring!

Kate Mazzara

Newer news

RJ A3inA2 2013
Reproductive Justice: Activists, Advocates, Academics in Ann Arbor

A Michigan Meeting on the campus of the University of Michigan. Pre-conference May 29; Conference May 30-31, 2013

This meeting will interest you if:

  • You are interested in broadening and strengthening the RJ dialogue among academics, activists, and advocates
  • You are an academic working on reproductive justice who wants to collaborate with other scholars and advocates
  • You are an advocate or activist working in the RJ movement who wants to partner with academics in specific research and practice areas

Older news

ACOG Condemns Homebirth; Advocates Issue Rebuttal

On February 6th 2008, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reaffirmed their staunch anti-homebirth stance in a new statement. Among the first advocacy groups to issue a rebuttal was the recently launched organization The Big Push for Midwives. Reprinted below in its entirety, it can also be accessed in PushNews:

ACOG: Out of Touch with Needs of Childbearing Families

Trade Union claims out-of-hospital birth is “trendy;” tries to play the “bad mother” card

(February 7, 2008) – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a trade union representing the financial and professional interests of obstetricians, has issued the latest in a series of statements condemning families who choose home birth and calling on policy makers to deny them access to Certified Professional Midwives. CPMs are trained as experts in out-of-hospital delivery and as specialists in risk assessment and preventative care.

“It will certainly come as news to the Amish and other groups in this country who have long chosen home birth that they’re simply being ‘trendy’ or ‘fashionable,’” said Katie Prown, PhD, Campaign Manager of The Big Push for Midwives 2008. “The fact is, families deliver their babies at home for a variety of very valid reasons, either because they’re exercising their religious freedom, following their cultural traditions or because of financial need. These families deserve access to safe, quality and affordable maternity care, just like everyone else.”

Besides referring to home birth as a fashionable “trend” and a “cause célébre” that families choose out of ignorance, ACOG’s latest statement adds insult to injury by claiming that women delivering outside of the hospital are bad mothers who value the childbirth “experience” over the safety of their babies.

“ACOG has it backwards,” said Steff Hedenkamp, Communications Coordinator of The Big Push and the mother of two children born at home. “I delivered my babies with a trained, skilled professional midwife because I wanted the safest out-of-hospital care possible. If every state were to follow ACOG’s recommendations and outlaw CPMs, families who choose home birth will be left with no care providers at all. I think we can all agree that this is an irresponsible policy that puts mothers and babies at risk.”

The Big Push for Midwives calls on ACOG to abandon these outdated policies and work with CPMs to reduce the cesarean rate and to take meaningful steps towards reducing racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes in all regions of the United States. CPMs play a critical role in both cesarean prevention and in the reduction of low-birth weight and pre-term births, the two most preventable causes of neonatal mortality.

Moreover, their training as specialists in out-of-hospital maternity care qualifies CPMs as essential first-responders during disasters in which hospitals become inaccessible or unsafe for laboring mothers. In addition, CPMs work to ensure that all babies born outside of the hospital undergo state-mandated newborn screenings and are provided with legal and secure birth certificates.

Currently, Certified Nurse-Midwives, who work predominantly in hospital settings, are licensed and regulated in all 50 states, while Certified Professional Midwives, who work in out-of-hospital settings, are licensed and regulated in 24 states, with legislation pending in an additional 20 states.

The Big Push for Midwives is a nationally coordinated campaign to advocate for regulation and licensure of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and to push back against the attempts of the American Medical Association Scope of Practice Partnership to deny American families access to legal midwifery care.


For information on the new birth certificates, copies of the new worksheet, and instructions for filling them out, contact:

MI Dept of Vital Statistics
Ellen Anderson – Dunsmore

There is no place to put midwives’ names as the certifiers (9A). If you have been signing birth certificates and want to continue doing so, you will need to provide your name and contact info on the worksheets.

It’s also a good idea to contact each County Clerk’s office where you file birth certificates and ask them if they want any changes in how you get your home birth certificates filed.

Hot off the presses! Our new cookbook, WHOLE FAMILY RECIPES: For the Childbearing Year & Beyond, edited by Patty Brennan, is now available for purchase. Price $15.95

wholefamilyrecipesfcybWhole Family Recipes For the Childbearing Year & Beyond is more than a cookbook. While being a guide to nutritious and delicious meals the whole family will enjoy, it highlights foods that are especially needed by pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and their growing children. Adopting a playful tone, the book focuses on incorporating vitamin- and mineral-rich foods and good quality fats into the diet. It encourages parents to experiment with new foods as they transition to healthier food choices. In addition to yummy recipes, the book contains numerous tips for parents and a collection of essays devoted to nutrition during the childbearing year, including a unique piece on The Birth Marathon Food & Drink for Labor & Birth. The cookbook is a community effort. Contributors include midwives, doulas, moms, and dads, with illustrations by children. All proceeds from the sale of the book support the Centers programs to help moms and babies.

Buy multiple copies and give them away as gifts to the moms and soon-to-be moms in your life! Or consider selling the book as a fundraiser for your organization. You have three options for purchase:

  1. Stop by the Center for the Childbearing Year at 722 Brooks St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 anytime we are open (for our fall hours, see and pick up your copy(ies). Often we are here beyond posted hours as well.
  2. Send a check to the above address. Cost is $15.95 plus $6 for shipping and handling. For more than one copy of the book, shipping costs will be billed.
  3. To use your VISA or Mastercard, call 734-663-1523 to place your order.

or… 4. Buy a copy from MMA at the next conference.