Thursday, May 3, 2012

Help Maryland Mama's have Gentle Births- SIGN THE PETITION

In Maryland, CPM's (Certified Professional Midwives) are not allowed to practice. This causes a huge problem to those who want to have a home birth. You may think of a home birth as outdated, dangerous and silly. So why a home birth you ask?
  • Easier to relax in the comfort of your own home
  • Undivided attention by caregivers - Family members or friends may be present if desired
  • Laboring woman maintains control over everything impacting her labor and birth
  • The woman is not only allowed, but encouraged to eat, drink, walk, change positions, make noise, shower, bathe, etc.
  • You can labor and birth in whatever position is most comfortable to you
  • Caregivers come to her, no worries about when to go to hospital
  • Significantly reduced risk of cesearean section
"The World Health Organization has said that there is no proof that hospital births are safer than home births in the developed world. Most of the research on home births in the developed world has found that infant and maternal mortality rates are the same, if not better, than hospital rates. There is also significantly reduced chance of a woman having a cesarean, induced labor, or of the need for forceps or a vacuum.

A study done in Denmark in 1997 found that women who gave birth at home delivered babies in better condition with fewer problems; the women themselves experienced less stress and there were fewer medical interventions needed in home births compared with hospital births.

Finally, having your baby at home significantly reduces infection risks for both mother and baby. "

For women who trust their bodies and want an amazing experience with their birth, a home birth is their only option. In Maryland, this is nearly impossible right now.

So what can you do?

SIGN THIS PETITION to legalize CPM's in Maryland. Won't you please, spread the word.

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  1. How completely outrageous that midwives are not allowed to practice in MD! Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    1. CNM's can practice but there is a major shortage. In MD they don't even recognize CPM's which is completely silly!! You're right, it's outrageous... spread the word!!


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