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Speak out for Midwifery: Deliver your Message to Congress

By Kathryn Kravetz Carr, CNM, Chair, ACNM Government Affairs Committee

May is a big month for midwives! ACNM Virtual Lobby Week is coming up next week, May 13 – 17, right on the heels of International Day of the Midwife (May 5) and Mother’s Day (May 12).

This year, ACNM and the Government Affairs Committee are rallying midwives to support the Moms for the 21st Century bill (scheduled to be re-introduced to Congress on May 21) and the Quality Care for Moms and Babies bill (S. 1969 / H.R. 3620). Whether you’re familiar with the bills or just now hearing about them for the first time, you (yes, you!) can take meaningful action with our simple virtual tools.

All you need is a phone, Internet connection, and 10-20 minutes during business hours between May 13 and 17. Be on the lookout for an ACNM action alert in your inbox on Monday, May 13. If you are already an ACNM member, you receive these alerts automatically. If you are not an ACNM member, you can sign up for alerts here. Click on the “take action” link in the e-mail you receive for quick and easy access to your legislators’ contact information and step-by-step instructions, including all the resources you’ll need to make your time most effective.

Beginning this week, we’ll also post call scripts, a video tutorial, tips for speaking with legislators, and a follow-up e-mail that can be used after your calls at

Please join us during this special season of honoring midwives and the women we serve. We hope this year’s ACNM Virtual Lobby Week will generate thousands of e-mails and phone calls to Congress from midwives like you. While you might not be able to “walk the halls of Congress,” you can take your message of support for the profession of midwifery and the women and families you serve directly to the Hill.
Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 5/7/2013 11:40:58 AM



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