In an email to a politically active friend here in Minnesota, I said something I’d like to share in general:

I would like to take this opportunity to praise our voluntary licensure for traditional midwives. The voluntary status of licensing traditional midwives in our state protects ALL midwives from:

  • Restrictions against helping women with normal birth including OB trends to label as high risks women with a certain maternal height and pregnancy weight gain combination, parity, etc.
  • Restrictions against helping women with a variation of normal; such as, weight gain, VBAC, Breech, Posterior (some physicians section women beginning labor/presenting in late pregnancy with a baby in an OP position) etc.
  • A monopolization of ideology in practice yet while promoting better practice standards,
  • Total adaptation of medical model midwifery because the traditional one faded away under the afore mentioned trends

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