Issue 043 - Constitutional Rights Threatened?
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Table of Contents
- News to Use
- Calling All Midwives!
- Pathways Issue #18 Hot off the Press!
- New! ICPA Radio Pod Casts: Neuro-Sensory Integration
News to Use
This month's news is a bit rattling and borderlines violation of our constitutional rights. As parents we need to be vigilant and active.
The American Medical Association attempt to Outlaw Home Birth
Physician Group Seeks to Outlaw Home Birth—Is Jail for Moms Next?
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2008)—Just in time for Father’s Day, at its annual meeting last weekend, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution to introduce legislation outlawing home birth, and potentially making criminals of the mothers who choose home birth with the help of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) for their families.
“It’s unclear what penalties the AMA will seek to impose on women who choose to give birth at home, either for religious, cultural or financial reasons—or just because they didn't’t make it to the hospital in time,” said Susan Jenkins, Legal Counsel for The Big Push for Midwives 2008 campaign. “What we do know, however, is that any state that enacts such a law will immediately find itself in court, since a law dictating where a woman must give birth would be a clear violation of fundamental rights to privacy and other freedoms currently protected by the U.S. Constitution.”
Until the AMA proposed ‘Resolution 205 on Home Deliveries,’ no state had considered legislation forcing women to deliver their babies in the hospital or limiting the choice of birth setting. Instead, states have regulated the types of midwives that may legally provide care. Currently, 22 states already license and regulate CPMs, who specialize in out-of-hospital maternity care and have received extensive training to qualify as experts in the types of risk assessment and preventive care necessary for safe and high-quality care for women who choose give birth at home. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs), who are trained primarily as hospital-based providers, are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The resolution did not offer any science-based information for the AMA’s anti-midwife or anti-home birth position.
“Maternity care is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States,” said Steff Hedenkamp, Communications Coordinator for The Big Push for Midwives. “So it’s no surprise to see the AMA join the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in its ongoing fight to corner the market and ensure that the only midwives able to practice legally are hospital-based midwives forced to practice under physician control. I will say, though, that I’m shocked to learn that the AMA is taking this turf battle to the next level by setting the stage for outlawing home birth itself—a direct attack on those families who choose home birth, who could be subject to criminal prosecution if the AMA has its way.”
The Big Push for Midwives (www.TheBigPushforMidwives.org) is a nationally coordinated campaign organized to advocate for regulation and licensure of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and to push back against the attempts of the American Medical Association to deny American families access to safe and legal midwifery care.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Spearheads a New Immunization Alliance
In an attempt to maintain sovereign authority on vaccinations, the AAP has formed an alliance to develop a media market plan directed to parents about the necessity of vaccinations.
They identified several factors that promote anti-vaccine information:
• Parent-to-parent spread of myths,
• A public that does not understand the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases,
• Internet and media exposure that is not balanced,
• Decreased trust in the government and health care providers,
• Slow response to negative news coverage, and
• Increasing calls for philosophical exemptions.
Here are response questions, point by point on each factor:
- Is it a myth when a parents are discussing observed side effects?
- Where is the scientific evidence showing vaccines are safer than the disease itself? Where is the scientific evidence showing vaccines prevent these diseases?
- Where is the balance on the pro-vaccine web sites?
- Haven't the pharmaceutical companies created this decreased trust?
- Without scientific evidence to respond with quickly is the response time slowed down?
- Is there something wrong with parents exercising their rights to choose their families' own health care?
This is a new recommended form from the AAP that doctors are advised to have their parents sign. View the form here. I suggest ALL parents take a copy of this form and get legal advise before signing it. There may be statements you would want to delete or add before committing your signature to it. Remember--if you are not satisfied with you current pediatrician's recommendations, find a new one!
One place to start is the Holistic Pediatric Association: www.hpakids.org
If there is no one in your area on this list, please contact the family chiropractor in your area who may be able to help you find a holistic practitioner:
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Calling All Midwives!
The ICPA is co-sponsoring a survey study for all midwives!
Please forward this survey to all of your birth lists and encourage all midwives to participate. The survey only takes 3 minutes to fill out!
The purpose of the survey is to collect information about the understanding an relationship of midwifery and chiropractic.
Thanks!! Our growing collaboration with the birth community will have a great impact on birth!
Access the survey here: www.icpa4kids.com/machform/view.php?id=1
New Pathways Issue Hot off the Press
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In the Current Issue:
- Yoga for Kids
- When the Pediatrician Says GER
- Chiropractic Care for Children
- How to Tickle with Dignity
- Playing is More Than Just Fun
- Pediatric Drug Testing and the Aware Parent
- The Law of Prayer
- More... www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org
New ICPA Radio Pod Casts!
A new service for our Family Wellness First subscribers is the ICPA Radio Pod casts. On your behalf, we have formed a collaboration with Body, Mind and Child and every month, we will be featuring a new radio pod cast relevant to children's health and wellness.
This month' s topic is titled: Do You Have an Oversensitive Child? with Dr. Isabell co-author of Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers
To hear this months radio show, visit the ICPA Homepage: www.icpa4kids.org and scroll down to:
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Many, many blessings,
Jeanne Ohm, DC
ICPA, Executive Coordinator
HPA, Executive Secretary
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