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Help Expand Access to Freestanding Birth Centers
ACNM is a proud supporter of The BABIES Act. We encourage all midwives and midwifery supporters to reach out to their members of Congress and encourage its reintroduction and support. 

Background: 

In November 2019, led by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA),  legislation to expand access to midwives and midwifery-led freestanding birth centers for women with low-risk pregnancies was introduced in the 116th Congress.  The Birth Access Benefiting Improved Essential Facility Services (BABIES) Act would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a demonstration project under the Medicaid program in six states in areas identified a having limited access to maternity care. Building upon the success of CMS's Strong Start Demonstration Program, the BABIES Act  would provide grant funding to states to develop and advance innovative payment models for freestanding birth centers. The birth center model of care has been shown to reduce preterm and low birth weight births, reduce cesarean births, and lead to significant cost savings due to better outcomes.

ACNM encourages all midwives and midwifery supporters to contact their members of Congress and urge support for and reintroduction of this critical legislation. We have provided a template letter that can be edited to reflect your thoughts and opinions in support of the BABIES Act

Click here to read AABC's fact sheet and to learn more about the BABIES Act.

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