This year, ACNM's goal is to encourage Representative on the Energy & Commerce Committee and Senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee who have not yet cosponsored HR 1209/S 628, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, to take that important step.
To find out if your Representative or your Senators fall into this group, take a look at this gDoc. If your legislator is listed there, then you have an opportunity!
If your legislators are not yet color coded as co-sponsors, use the contact information in the gDoc to reach out to their local staff and set up a meeting.
1. Setting Up a Meeting
Requesting a meeting is easy and can typically be done via email or phone. You need only ask for a few minutes of their time. If possible, take other midwives with you, or reach out to your OB/GYN colleagues and take them along too. ACNM and ACOG have worked arm in arm on this legislation and having both maternity care professionals in on the meeting would be powerful.
When requesting the meeting, identify yourself as a constituent, let them know you want to talk about HR 1209/S 628 and that the bill is about identifying areas of the country where there are shortages of full scope maternity care providers.
2. Background Information
ACNM has provided talking points and background information on our site. Read through some of the information before you go so you'll be familiar with the topic and bring along a printed version of the talking points to leave behind.
3. What to Say at the Meeting
If you haven't done one of these meetings before, don't worry. You're the expert on this topic!
4. Follow Up
After the meeting, send a thank you note to the legislator or staff person, thanking them for their time. Then follow up at the agreed upon point to see what their decision is. If they haven't yet decided, ask when you can call back again. Finally, let ACNM's Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, Cara Kinzelman, know what happened.