ACNM Virtual Lobby Week Sample Call Script
Watch a video demo of how to use this script courtesy of Laura Jenson, CNM, of the ACNM Government Affairs Committee.
- Perfection is not required to be effective. It’s normal to be nervous when you pick up the phone to call a legislator, especially if you’ve never done it before. The action is what counts and what makes a difference.
- If unable to speak directly with your representative, request to speak with a legislative aide who handles health care issues. They play a role in shaping policy and are responsible for relaying your message to legislators.
- If there are questions that you are unable to answer, don’t worry! Let us know by clicking on the feedback form so that we can follow-up with the office. You can also contact ACNM Federal Lobbyist Patrick Cooney at (202) 347-0034 or [email protected].
Use this script as a simple start to your call.
Hello. My name is__________ and I’m a certified nurse-midwife/certified midwife/midwifery student from _______________. I am calling today to speak with the legislative aide who handles health care issues for Representative/Senator ______________ about midwifery as a high quality, cost-effective solution to the health care workforce shortage. Could you please connect me? Thanks.
Hello. My name is ____________________ and I am a certified nurse-midwife/certified midwife/midwifery student from______________________________ practicing/teaching/studying at _____________________. In honor of International Day of the Midwife this Saturday, May 5, I am calling today to tell you about the vital role my profession plays in the lives of women and their families right here in the United States and how midwifery is a high quality, cost-effective solution to the health care workforce shortage.
“My story” is your opportunity to illustrate how you make your and your legislator’s community a better place for women and their families. As each midwife calls his or her legislator, the diversity and expansiveness of what midwives do will be powerfully illustrated. Points to include in “my story” are:
- Where you work or study
- A typical day’s activities (for example, do you attend births, provide primary care, teach nursing students?)
- How you make a difference in your community (for example, the number of births you’ve attended, the number of years you’ve been teaching, the specific services you provide to your community)
Example I: I’ve worked at Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston for 8 years doing low and moderate-risk obstetric care as well as women's annual visits. I also spent a number of years at health centers in Dorchester, one of Boston’s neighborhoods with the poorest perinatal outcomes in the state. During my time there we improved the preterm birth rate while decreasing our overall clinic and hospital costs. My areas of expertise include teen health, preconception care, birth, and menopause.
Example 2: I am a midwifery professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing, where I teach advanced pharmacology and maternal-fetal-newborn physiology. I became a midwifery educator because I believe in passing on the value and expertise of my profession. Midwives are with women through life’s transitions, including puberty, pregnancy, birth, menopause, and aging. We reaffirm the normal physiology of women’s bodies while providing support and the judicious use of technology when deviations from the norm occur. Midwives strive to enhance wellness rather than approaching normal life events as problems. This is the philosophy I practice and promote to my students.
Use this script to wrap up your call and get the information you need to complete a quick follow up.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. Please keep me in mind as a resource should you have any future questions related to women’s health or the role of midwives. I’d like to send you a brief fact sheet about the high quality, cost-effective care midwives provide. May I have your e-mail address?