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Letter: Government shouldn’t overreach in regulating midwives

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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 2:04 pm | Updated: 7:40 am, Mon May 27, 2013.

I am writing to discover if any of you will stand with practicing midwives of Arizona and the parents that use their services and oppose onerous restrictions on the practice of midwifery in Arizona.

AZDHS Director Will Humble is dangerously close to adopting certain rules that will restrict the use of midwives for parents who wish to have a natural childbirth without the dangers of hospital interventions.

These midwives deliver healthy babies to low risk moms all over Arizona.

I’m looking for some support. This issue is such a significant parents’ rights issue that I would hope that all of you, or at least some of you, are interested in communicating with Director Humble and the committee in your capacity as a resident of this state.

This is government overreaching at its worst-into the lives and personal decisions of how we raise our families.

The tenor of the process thus far has been to restrict the capabilities of midwives and reduce their role in the birth decision-making process.

Many of the new rules, if enforced, will only cause midwives to be in violation of the rules if they continue to practice, or to simply discontinue or move their practice to another state.

This cannot be. We all need choices when it comes to birthing our children.

Even if you don’t prefer to homebirth, do you feel the government has the right to regulate how, where, and when you do deliver your child?

Contact AZDHS and let them know how you feel.

Chris Dutkiewicz


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