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Midwives & Doulas Achieve Unanimous Vote to Provide Care to Incarcerated Women

In case you missed it: January 18, 2018 was a ground-breaking day for midwives and doula's in Washington State. Learn more below. Quote and photos provided by Cynthia B. Flynn, CNM, PhD, FACNM.

"I think last week was Historic--I'm not sure it has ever happened before. Last year, a bill to allow midwives and doulas to care for incarcerated women passed our state House of Representatives, but the sponsors ran out of time before it got to the Senate. This year, after several members from BOTH parties stood to talk about their great experiences with midwives, and a former corrections officer who had voted NO last year ("those" women don't deserve it) said he had been educated in the meantime and now was going to vote yes, the yes vote in the House was UNANIMOUS. Then the sponsor asked the Speaker to recognize the 50+ midwives in the gallery who were there for Lobby Day, and as they stood, with tears in their eyes, the entire chamber, both parties, gave them a STANDING OVATION for the work they do!!!! Has anyone ever heard of such a thing??? Since when do entire chambers of legislators give standing ovations to midwives? Well it happened Thursday, January 18, 2018 in the House of Representatives of Washington State, the result of over 20 years of building relationships on lobby days and in between."

Cynthia B. Flynn, CNM, PhD, FACNM
Principal, FlynnCNM Birth Center Consulting
Past President, American Association of Birth Centers
Expert Midwife,


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