ACTION ALERT- UPDATE: Final Hours: NYC Home birth at risk

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This afternoon, Choices in Childbirth joined representatives of the home birth midwifery community,  NYSALM, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and other policy makers in a meeting with the leaders of the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the organization that runs the public hospital system in NYC. Our hope was to craft an 11th hour agreement with them that would provide Written Practice Agreements for the majority of our home birth midwives, those formerly covered by St Vincent’s Hospital.
While we were unable to reach an agreement, HHC did commit to review information submitted by the midwives and to undergo deliberations.
While there may be an opportunity for a relationship in the future, for now our crisis situation remains unresolved. It is unclear what this means for women who have chosen to birth at home and are nearing their due date. We recommend that these women contact their midwives and discuss their options.

A press conference was held after the meeting and we are very hopeful that this critical situation will be well covered by the media in the next few days.

We are very grateful to all of you for your grass roots response to this issue.  The Department of Health stated that they had never received as many calls on any issue, ever!!!

If you haven’t yet, please still consider making these calls.

  • 311
  • Wendy Saunders, Executive Deputy Commissioner for the NY State Department of Health, appointed by Governor Paterson. 518-474-8390
  • Larry Mokhiber, he Secretary of the Board of Midwifery (518-474-3817, extension 130)
And say:  I support a woman’s right to choose a home birth and I call on the [city, Dept of Health, Governor] to do everything in their power to insure that this option remains available to all women in New York.
People can also email the Governor at http://www.state.ny.us/governor/contact/GovernorContactForm.php.
We will keep you updated on any further actions that we will be taking and keep you informed as the situation continues to unfold.
Read Statement of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer Re: Impact of St. Vincent’s Closure on Homebirth Midwives & Expectant Mothers