The following are links to literature which ATM hopes
will be helpful for educating legislators and others about midwives. It is usually
best to bring a small amount of literature with you when you visit your legislator.
One or two brief handouts are usually more effective than handing them too much literature
at a time. Legislators are very busy, so giving them something that is a quick read
shows respect for their time and is more likely to be read.
These handouts can also be used as "talking points"
to help you focus on what you want to discuss when you see them. We recommend that
you coordinate your efforts to visit legislators with others so legislators will receive
a variety of information. Contact your
regional director or the legislative committee chair
if you have any questions.
If you have any materials that you would like to
see added to to this resource list, please contact the
Association of Texas Midwives Responds to "Concerns" Raised by Medical Groups at the
Hearing on HB 1535 -
Each of these documents
are good handouts to use regarding HB 1535.
on the CPM Statistics Project
The CPM Statistics Project has not yet been published. But summaries of the report
were given at the MANA Conference in 2003. These notes were taken by Laurie Fremgen,
CPM, who attended that MANA Conference. These would be good statistics to be familiar
with when educating others about midwives.
NARM Positon Paper on the Practice of Midwifery
"The practice of midwifery is a distinctly separate profession from the practice of
medicine or nursing...."
This handout is very good because it addresses the question about whether or not midwifery
is the practice of medicine. It is extremely important that our legislators understand
that midwifery is NOT the practice of medicine.