This is a call to action for all Ohio friends of birth. Click here to support Nurse-Midwife and Nurse Practitioner Autonomy in Ohio, and read on to learn more about Ohio House Bill 726
Wouldn’t you love to have your baby at a freestanding birth center, or at home, with a Certified Nurse-Midwife? Are you appalled by racial disparities that exist within our institutionalized healthcare systems? Do you desire SAFER, HEALTHIER, and more respectful maternity care options? Yes!?! Then I urge you to reach out to your state delegates and tell them to support Ohio House Bill 726, the “Better Access to Better Care Act”. This proposed legislation was introduced by Rep. Theresa Gavarone, a Bowling Green Republican on August 28, 2018. She said that House Bill 726 would address primary care physician shortages throughout the state, by expanding access to Advanced Practice Nurses. If enacted, this legislation would remove current Ohio mandate, which limits YOUR ACCESS to quality healthcare, by requiring Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives, be in an ultra-paternalistic supervisory agreement with physicians in order to practice. The current “collaborative agreement” is restrictive, unnecessary, and harmful.
Enacting HB 726 will improve healthcare access for ALL Ohioans. If this legislation is passed, you may soon be able to birth your baby at an amazing freestanding birthcenter like the one below at Wasatch Midwifery and Wellness or receive CULTURALLY COMPETENT, high-quality, affordable healthcare services from a place like The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health, pictured below, as well.
If you desire MORE and BETTER health and maternity care options, then you NEED to support legislation that gives Ohio Nurse-Midwives and other APRNs greater autonomy. Currently, 23 US States and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration grant full practice authority to APRNs, which enables Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives to provide healthcare services without physician oversight. This allows APRNs to autonomously care for, diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication to clients in accordance with laws and to the highest extent of their education and training. NOW it is time for #Ohio to do the same. Please go to this link which routes to the Ohioans for Healthcare Access website. From there all you need to do is fill out your contact information and hit submit. Once complete, an auto-generated letter will be sent to your local state house representative, urging them to support this crucial piece of legislation. It takes just one minute to complete the process.
Don’t underestimate the power of YOUR voice and OUR collective action! Please SHARE this post and the link to contact your state representative. Demand “Better Access to Better Care” NOW!
Consider learning more about Advanced Practice Nurses, and how they provide exceptional care to families through the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.
Cleveland Natural Birth is committed to providing exceptional evidence-based education and resources to expectant and new families, on their journey to and through parenthood. We strongly support Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwifery practice autonomy. Please contact us if you want to learn more about local Cleveland and Akron care provider options.