Opinion: Expand Birth Options for Massachusetts Families by Recognizing Midwives

Attending homebirths in Massachusetts has always felt like an underground profession. I can be a licensed midwife in 33 other states, but not here. As a Certified Professional Midwife who has been practicing for many years, I completely support the bill “An Act Relative to Out-of-Hospital Birth Access and Safety” (HB1189/SB1206). I became a midwife to serve families. Unfortunately, home birth midwives currently have to deny care to families who cannot afford to pay us out of pocket.