MI State of Birth Justice
The MI 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.
The mission of The MI State of Birth Justice is to educate, inform, and engage our communities statewide in realizing Birth Justice.
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. Together, we can decrease these barriers.
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 to improve Birth Equity across the state of Michigan.
ARE WE MAXIMIZING THE POWER AND POTENTIAL OF MIDWIVES TO IMPROVE HEALTH IN MICHIGAN?
Together we can!
Urge your Michigan legislators to:
• Equitably reimburse all credentialed midwives in all settings,
including birth centers and home births
• License birth centers
• Update doula Medicaid policy to include birth center and home birth
TAKE THESE STEPS TO HELP
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