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Feb. 16, 2010
Victory! Let's keep it moving!
Midwife bill passes out of House Committee

Last week, HF 781, the midwife licensure bill, passed 15-6 out of House Committee! This is a tremendous success, especially considering the shortened session and the state's current budget concerns. This is farther than a midwifery bill has ever gotten in Iowa.

This is a time to celebrate, and also a time to increase our efforts. We still have a lot of work to do to make access to licensed CPMs a reality this session. Our next step is to pass out of the House, and we have until March 5 to do it. It's more important than ever to contact your Representatives and tell your friends and family to do the same. Spread the word! This could be our year!
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Success at the Capitol
Contact Your Representative
Membership Drive
Opportunities for Action
Our Mission
Friends of Iowa Midwives is a statewide grassroots organization working to:

Promote access to midwifery and out-of-hospital birth in Iowa

Protect the rights of Iowa women to choose their place of birth and birth attendant

Provide education about childbirth options

Create supportive community for birthing women and families
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Success at the Capitol

with Ida at CapitolThanks to everyone who came out to lobby day, baked cookies, wrote legislators, and sent calendars! We have been making a great progress at the Capitol this year.

Our recent success would not have been possible without the help of Ida Darragh, CPM, who came to Iowa to help us lobby last week. Thanks, Ida!

Members at the Capitol with Ida Darragh

We are still needing financial contributions toward covering Ida's travel expenses. If you can make even a small donation to FOIM today, it would be a big help. Thank you!

Contact your Representative TODAY!

We have 11 legislative days to get to a House vote -- NOW is the time to take this important action! Let your Representative know that you personally support Iowans' right to have licensed midwives, and ask them to vote YES on the Midwife Licensure Bill, HF 781. Letters, calls, or emails are welcome.

Here's a sample script that can be adapted to any format:

Hello! My name is __. I'm a constituent and live in____.
I'm calling (writing) today to request that Rep. __ support the bill to establish a board of midwifery for the licensing of midwives. Midwife licensure ensures that all midwives meet standards of professional competence, and ensures that all Iowa families can access safe, affordable maternity care. This bill is important to me because __.

(Please include your name, address, email, and phone number).

It's that simple!

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Membership drive underway

I love MidwivesDo you have friends or family members who support a family's right to have a home birth with a midwife? Please encourage them to join Friends of IA Midwives! We are a nonpartisan, statewide organization working to protect the birthing choices of all Iowans. Members receive our e-newsletter, and a free "I love Iowa Midwives" button.
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Have you paid your membership dues? Your membership supports the advocacy, education, and networking efforts that are essential to expanding access to the midwives model of care in Iowa.
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More opportunities to take action

Attend a legislative forum in your area!
Lawmakers frequently hold events in their home towns for the purpose of connecting with you, their constituent. This is a great opportunity to educate your legislators about midwifery, and make them aware that this issue is important to the people they represent - YOU!
Members are also always welcome to make a trip to the Capitol.

More information about legislative forums and lobbying >>

Thank you for being involved in the movement to ensure access to midwifery care and out-of-hospital birth for women in Iowa. Our success depends on you!

Monica Brasile
Steering Committee, Friends of Iowa Midwives