Much conversation has circled our state and community in the recent week since Senator Whitmer announced Senate Bill 1208. A reader asked for a side by side comparison of the two bills. This chart represents to the best of my knowledge and interpretation what these two bills have to offer.
The bottom line is that something has to be done to make sure Michigan's midwives are educated, licensed, consistently as safe as the can be, and accountable. The question then is what should that legislation look like? Just like good writing, authors of bills go through many revisions. We have two bills that stand on opposite ends of the spectrum, two that will undergo many debates and revisions before a vote can be taken. Perhaps by discussing the specifics we can find common ground for advocacy that can help our Senators and State Representatives address these issues with specific recommendations from the people they serve.
Here's more food for thought...if you're feeling conflicted about NARM's credential not being enough (House Bill 5070), but feeling like a RN requirement is not a good fit either (Senate Bill 1208), check out Florida's regulations, where licensed midwives have standards in line with International and National guidelines.
I'd love feedback on this post, no matter where your perceived allegiance lies because in that conversation is where we will find something that works. Please be specific. If you feel your "choice" is threatened, specify how and why. If you feel there are issues with requiring insurance, specify what those concerns are. If you feel something is missing or misrepresented, please indicate so in the comments so we can discuss it. Please don't make an accusation toward either bill without backing up your statement with specifics from that respective bill, or we won't get anywhere here. Thank you for participating in a conversation aimed at preserving choice and improving safety, one that can leave propaganda at the door.