Maryland is one of 6 states where it is ILLEGAL to birth with a Certified Professional Midwife!
Did you know that only a handful of Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) serve home birthing families in MD?
These CNMs work mostly in the DC area and turn women away every week. Only one free-standing birth center still exists in the state and the even the hospital midwifery options have become more limited in recent years. The hundreds of families throughout MD who make the educated, personal choice to have a home birth do not have access to midwives. Some are forced to have surgical hospital births (cesarean rates range from 30-45%!), some must leave the state to give birth with the attendant of their choice and some choose to have an unattended home birth, only because they cannot find a midwife to help them.
The choice of where, how and with whom to give birth is a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT. Maryland families want CPMs and CPMs are ready to serve Maryland families. We are close to passing a bill that will legalize and license CPMs,
ensuring access to midwifery care and reproductive choice for Maryland families!
BRING: Yourself, your families and friends, signs encouraged (no sticks please).