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WHICH LOCAL CANDIDATES WILL PROTECT YOUR BIRTH OPTIONS? A VOTE FOR GOOD BIRTHS

Which Local Candidates will Protect Your Birth Options? by Sandy Glenn, LM CPM

Carolina WaterBirth, Simpsonville, SC

A VOTE FOR GOOD BIRTHS Oct 2016 A VOTE FOR GOOD BIRTHS

November is just around the corner and everyone is focused on the presidential candidates. While our national decisions are certainly important, let’s not forget our home state. Our local candidates are fighting for our safety in our own back yards and often their voices are the ones that decide more of our future than the national candidates. As we make our choices for the election, don’t forget that your local legislators will be able to determine your future birth options. As hospitals and mass-marketed pseudo-birth centers are pushing for regulations that limit access to home birth and out-of-hospital care for healthy South Carolinians; we need strong legislators in the House and Senate who are willing to defend our freedoms as mothers, women and parents. How do we change and improve maternity care so that babies and women are given safe options, and families enter their new roles with confidence and joy? We must begin seeing ourselves as consumers of a birth/insurance product rather than accept the dictation of our fate as mere patients. As we decide which candidates to support this year, please keep in mind which representatives have stood with the midwives and have made birth choice options a priority during their tenure. Traveling to our statehouse to represent women and babies over the past few years, I found some representatives that overwhelmingly demonstrated support for our cause while others have seemed to fight in the opposite direction.


WHICH LOCAL CANDIDATES WILL PROTECT YOUR BIRTH OPTIONS? A VOTE FOR GOOD BIRTHS |

When you get the opportunity to discuss key issues with your representatives, don’t forget to ask them if they are prepared to help keep independent midwifery accessible to all areas of South Carolina.

If your representatives are unaware of the struggles for out-of-hospital births and alternative healthcare options, make sure that you inform them of the issues. Help them to understand that real options are only available when midwifery is autonomous and women are allowed to be an integral part of their healthcare choices. Hospitals and insurance companies should not be able to dictate who can is entitled to home WHAT CHANGES SC BIRTH? or birth center delivery and the care should be available in EVERY area of SC, not just urban “We must begin districts. seeing ourselves as consumers of Please…. when you find a representative that is a supportive of keeping birth options available, birth/insurance share your findings with others. product rather than accept the dictation of our Please tell us who is supportive of birth options fate as mere rights, so we can support them and share the patients.” information with their constituents. Let SC Chapter of NACPM know who is supportive. Post your support on our Facebook wall or tag us in a post or comment so that others can see the candidates that are willing to vote in favor of efficient healthcare. We’ll help to distribute the information to others so we are all informed voters. We want midwifery consumers to contribute to and even help positive candidates with their campaigns.

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South Carolina Legislators Here are some legislators that have sponsored

favorable independent midwifery bills in the past: Craig Gagnon Mike Burns Jonathan Hill, Danny Verdin Mark Willis Joshua Putnam Kit Spires Bill Chumley Eric Bedingfield, Bobby Ridgeway Dwight Loftis Chris Hart Anne Parks Richie Yow

Abbeville Taylors Townville Laurens Fountain Inn Anderson Lexington Woodruff Greenville Manning Greenville Columbia Greenwood Chesterfield

Representatives who voted AGAINST Independent Midwives In the opposite direction, Representative G. Murrell Smith from Sumter, has vetoed our bills and sponsored bills that require extreme physician/hospital supervision. Other sponsors of poor birth choice bills are: G. Murrell Smith

Sumter

Jenny Horne

Summerville

Phyllis Henderson

Greenville

Gary Simrill

Rock Hill

Larry Grooms

Charleston

Paul G. Campbell, Jr

Goose Creek

Marlon E. Kimpson.

Dorchester

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Which Local Candidates will Protect Your Birth Options?  

A Vote for Good Births. As concerned citizens in South Carolina, it is important that we know which legislators are willing to vote to suppo...

Which Local Candidates will Protect Your Birth Options?  

A Vote for Good Births. As concerned citizens in South Carolina, it is important that we know which legislators are willing to vote to suppo...

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