MIDWIVES' ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON STATE


Consider donating to the Midwives' Association of Washington State!



All childbearing families deserve safe, respectful, and high-quality care that empowers and supports them throughout pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. The Midwives' Association of Washington State is a unified, trusted voice thatworks with legislators, midwives, and other professionals to fully integrate midwifery into the health care system in Washington so that all healthy childbearing people can have access to this kind of care. 

How does MAWS support both you AND your midwife?

  • For the past 9 years MAWS has worked to keep licensing fees for midwives reasonable and affordable which has dramatically increased the midwifery workforce and allowed midwifery to expand beyond urban areas into more rural parts of the state
  • This year, we successfully lobbied to triple the Medicaid reimbursement rate for families having babies in birth centers. This makes midwifery and birth center ownership more financially sustainable, and helps get quality, affordable care to people who need it!
  • Alongside the Washington Work and Family Coalition, we successfully lobbied for a paid family leave plan for families in Washington State. For more information, go to: http://waworkandfamily.org/2017/07/05/details-of-the-new-family-and-medical-leave-law/


With your help, in 2018 MAWS will:

  • Maintain its rigorous, confidential process for peer and incident review, providing a safe place for practitioners to reflect, learn, and grow into even better midwives

  • Continue as an organizational member of OB COAP, a quality improvement project at the Foundation for Health Care Quality, so that data from home and birth center births can be evaluated alongside hospital-based data

  • Once again advocate for reasonable limits on midwifery licensing fees

  • Pursue legislation to protect the term "birth center" in statute so that families will know what type of care they can count on if they choose to give birth in a birth center rather than in a hospital

  • Continue to stitch midwifery into the fabric of the health care system by cultivating strong, collaborative relationships with other health care providers and hospitals so that birthing in a community setting—at home or in a freestanding birth center—is a seamless option

  • Work with state agencies to make sure that you have choices about where and with whom you give birth, regardless of where you live, and whether you have private insurance, state insurance, or no insurance.

Your midwife has given you so much -- this fall, give back! Help us ensure that all families have access to high-quality midwifery care. 

You can donate with this form or Venmo us @washingtonmidwives.

Thank you for your support of MAWS!  Please consider becoming a supporting member if you are not already.
  
Donations are not tax-deductible: because advocacy is central to our mission, MAWS is a 501(c)6 non-profit.


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