Sample Follow Up E-mail
Dear [insert legislative aide or legislator first and last name],
My name is [insert your first and last name], and I am the midwife from [insert your home city] who you spoke with earlier. I wanted to write and thank you for taking the time to speak with me to discuss some of the important benefits of midwifery care.
I invite you to call me if you have questions about the midwifery profession, or the delivery of and access to quality women’s health services.Below are a few expanded key points from our conversation to assist you in recalling our message for future legislative considerations. For more specifics regarding current legislation, please contact our ACNM Federal Representative Patrick Cooney at (202) 347-0034 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support of both midwifery and women’s healthcare.
[insert your first and last name and credentials]
Fast Facts about Midwives
Midwives Provide High Quality Care
Women cared for by midwives compared to women of the same risk status cared for by physicians have: 5,6
Midwives Provide Cost Effective Care
“Ob-gyns working collaboratively with midwives is a way to address the gap between the supply of ob-gyns and the demand for women’s health care services.”
“The US population is growing, yet the number of new medical graduates has basically plateaued—hiring nonphysician clinicians is a good solution to accommodate the health care needs of the growing population.”
“CNMs should be better utilized to address the projected health care workforce shortages.”
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