Midwifery Bill moves through Legislature – act now!

This is a repost of an email I received from FOIM today:

Hi all,

Now that we’ve passed out of house committee, our next step is to get to a vote on the House floor, and we have until March 5 to do it. That’s 9 legislative days away. It’s more important than ever to contact your Representatives right away, and tell your friends and family to do the same.

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.

Here’s a sample script that can be adapted to a letter, email, or phone call:

Hello! My name is __. I’m a constituent and live in____.
I’m calling (writing) today to ask you to 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!

You can find your state representative here:

Get more info and tips on letter writing here:

Remember, you don’t have to be a home birthing parent to write. Anyone who supports the rights of Iowans to have a home birth with a midwife should write in support of this bill. Recruit your friends and family! We especially need your help if you live outside of Iowa City.

We are hearing from our lobbyists that the Reps are definitely hearing our voices. And they are definitely hearing from the opposition. Write today!

If your representative is Mascher or Kaufmann, please send them a huge thank you for being such great advocates for our bill.

Thanks, everyone! This could be our year!


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