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South FL Midwives Picnic Fundraiser
Sun, April 2, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Come join us for a picnic to celebrate midwifery in Florida and raise funds for your Florida Midwives. There will be food (vegetarian options available), drinks, t-shirts, Lularoe leggings for sale. Activites for the kids and family yoga offered for donations.
Bring your yoga mats, sunscreen, picnic blankets and chairs.
We are raising funds for a lobbyist who can represent us and protect our law from being overtaken by the big dogs. ACOG (American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology) and FMA (Florida Medical Association) are trying to change portions of our law that will make it more difficult for Midwives to practice.
We have hired lobbyists who will be able to support us and protect our right to practice. The cost of the lobbyists is $30,000! We have already paid a portion of this but need to raise funds for the remanining balance of $10,000. As the midwives of south Florida we KNOW our community is strong and we CAN raise these funds! Many of our clients have offered to help or always say "If you need anything, let me know." Well, here we are asking for YOUR HELP!!!
****PLEASE purchase your tickets by March 23rd if you plan to attend the event****
More about what we are facing:
Rule change #1: Every client in the care of a midwife must be seen by an OB three times throughought their pregnancy and be " approved" by the doctor for an out of hospital birth.
Why is this an issue?: 1. There are not enough OB's supporting Midwives to see ALL of our clients three times during their pregnancy. 2. Many our clients cannot afford the out of pocket expenses associated with seeing a back-up physician three times in their pregnancy. 3. There will likely be many clients who are deemed "high risk" in the docs opinion and NOT approved for an out of hospital birth.
Rule change #2: Midwives must report adverse outcomes to the State.
This is not an issue for us, we are required to send in our statistics for each client in our care every year to the department of health. We have proposed that this reporting be stepped up a notch; rather than reporting yearly we have proposed that adverse outcomes should be reported within 48 hours of the event occurring. We are happy to present our statistics because we know they are strong and we are happy to learn as well.
As midwives we are worried that this action that ACOG and FMA are taking to be involved in our law is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a chance that these provisions in our law could continue, ultimately making it difficult for us to serve families.