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The State of Birth Justice

The  State of Birth Justice is a community coalition working to build urban-rural partnerships to increase access to midwifery care across the state of Michigan. Our purpose is to educate, inform, and engage our communities statewide in realizing birth justice. 

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Our Mission

The mission of The State of Birth Justice is to educate, inform, & engage our communities Statewide in realizing birth justice.

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The Need

Birth justice advocates across the state, especially those serving families in urban and rural areas, are working to address structural inequities and improve perinatal health in Michigan. Licensing birth centers and reimbursing midwifery care across birth settings are two important strategies. There are many barriers limiting the reach of this crucial work and together we can decrease barriers.

The Center for American Progress 

  • Michigan is the only state in the country whose benchmark plan explicitly excludes birth center coverage. Also, Michigan is explicitly excluded in home birth coverage as well.

Currently, over 30% of counties in Michigan do not have access to maternity care.

Together, we can make birth centers and maternal care more accessible and improve birth equity across the state of Michigan. 

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