Dear Connecticut Midwives,
We need your help! The Connecticut Senate is currently considering legislation, S.B. 837, legislation that would ensure Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are reimbursed at the same rate as physicians under the state’s Medicaid program. Please take a moment to contact your State Senator and encourage a “Yes” vote on this important initiative.
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The use of Midwives in collaboration with physicians has been shown to lower Cesarean rates and prematurity rates. Cesarean births and neonatal intensive care admissions are the major costs in maternity care. The increased cost of this bill ($600,000 per year) would be offset by 200 fewer cesareans per year or 30 fewer premature births.
Presently only 9 states have a higher cesarean rate than Connecticut.
The goals of this bill:
- Increase access for Women’s Reproductive Health in the State of Connecticut in order to improve maternal and child health outcomes, specifically in communities of color.
- Save the state money by expanding the use of CNMs in Connecticut
- Retain new midwifery graduates and promote increased midwifery care in CT.