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GMA Statement of Support for Birth Options

Georgia Midwifery Association maintains confidence in and support of birth options for women and families in the state of Georgia. Birth options ranging from homebirth and birth center birth for low risk women to hospital care for high risk pregnancies and deliveries with qualified obstetrical and perinatal support, and management of care provide the best outcomes for mothers and babies.

Maintaining and increasing collaborative care and mutual support that extends the umbrella of care for birthing families will help shift the trajectory of the maternal mortality crisis facing this state. We are adamantly supportive of extending birth options, not limiting them.

 

Mission Statement:

The Georgia Midwifery Association was founded in 1985 to provide standards and guidelines for midwives who practice in out-of-hospital settings. The association supports the premise that midwives in GMA are primary health care professionals who independently provide care during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period for women and newborns within their communities. Services provided by the midwife include education and health promotion. When the care required extends beyond the midwife’s abilities, the midwife has a mechanism for consultation and referral.

We recognize and value the tradition of the midwifery learning cycle: knowledge being passed from woman to woman; experienced midwife to apprentice.

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“Increasing access to the Midwives Model of Care in all settings is essential to the health and well-being of childbearing women and their babies. The National Birth Policy Coalition supports legislative initiatives that promote the autonomous practice of Certified Professional Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives, and that ensure the availability of safe, evidence-based care during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum.” 
-The National Birth Policy Coalition