AZ SB1157 moves forward Rights for #homebirth under attack


In my last post the issue of Arizona SB1157 was discussed. The bill is now moving forward. Unfortunately. What is this bill? The bill severely limits the ability of licensed midwives to assist women in childbirth. Lies were told and the bill moved forward. This is a sad day for liberty. Please continue to email your senators, retweet tweets and follow the #SB1157 hashtag on twitter and facebook.

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What lies were told at the reading of AZ SB 1157?

1) That homebirth midwives merely pass a test and witness 25 births. I’m sure many of those midwives would love to know why it takes three or more years to become a homebirth midwife then?

2) Senator Ward indicates that she’s prolife (and yes, I am as well as are many others who support homebirth. In fact there are prolife midwives too!) and indicates a child should have a choice “a choice not to die” as quoted in a popular AZ paper. This is sad. Babies die in cesareans, babies die in regular “normal” hospital births. Let’s also follow Senator Ward’s money trail too. Most came from herself, but look at who is listed there: Arizona Medical Association.

Note regarding money given by Arizona Medical Association to people who are elected to represent PEOPLE, not the profit of companies: Nearly 70% of their money goes to republicans. On top of that, you can see they donated to cause called “health care freedom.” What a load of bull.

How did the committee vote on AZ SB1157?

SB1157 party votes
The vote was along party lines.

I obviously was not there but the session was videotaped and the lies that were told will come to light.

The other missing link is that a committee agreed upon regulations for homebirths. This is just as much about the rights of mothers and children (aka liberty) as it is about the state oversight versus a proposed “senate” taking over what homebirth midwives can or cannot do. How does that make sense?

Below is a list of statutes that are oversight, including agreed scope of practice on the Arizona Department of Health Services.

  • As of July 1, 2013 the following rules were in effect:
    • R9-16-101 through R9-16-107 (the administrative sections)
    • R9-16-108, midwife’s responsibilities;

scope of practice: §§(A), and (C) through (H)

  • R9-16-108(I) §§ (1) &: ( 2)
  • R9-16-108(I)(5) through (9)
  • R9-16-108(J)(1), (3), (5), and (6)
  • R9-16-108(K) & (L)
  • R9-16-111, Prohibited practice, Transfer of Care: §§(A) & (B) and (F) through (I)
  • R9-16-112, Required Consultation
  • R9-16-113, Emergency Measures
  • R9-16-114, Midwife Report after Termination of Midwifery Services
  • R9-16-115, Client and Newborn Records
  • R9-16-116. Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of License; Civil Penalties; Procedures
  • While R9-16-117, Midwifery Advisory Committee is technically in effect (we have been accepting applications since Jul 1, 2013, and decisions about membership appointments will be made on or before August 30, 2013) their initial work will be to develop the informed consents for a client to waive critical tests and their due date for those consents has been set for October 1, 2013.
  • As of October 1, 2013 the following rules will be in effect:
    • R9-16-108(I)(3) & (4)
    • R9-16-109. Informed Consent for Midwifery Services
    • R9-16-110. Assertion to Decline Required Tests
  • As of July 1, 2014 the following rules will be in effect:
    • R9-16-108 Subsections (B), (C)(1)(b), (C)(1)(d) and (J)(2) and (4).

The bottom line is this:

Families are losing rights in a country that claims to be “land of the free.”

SB1157 in AZ is just another example of this.


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  1. Why does the state feel they need to tell you where to birth your baby? Where do they think women birthed before hospitals?!

    I don’t think the state should be telling anyone they shouldn’t home birth. If it’s for you, go for it. If it’s not, then don’t! Aren’t there bigger fish to fry?

  2. Too many people are way too nosy when it comes to how other people live their lives, and the choices they make. If we could just let other people live how they want, without butting in and passing judgement then the world would be a much better place.

  3. We need to be able to make our own decisions and the liberty to do so. I prefer hospitals to home birth but that is precisely my choice

  4. While home birth isn’t for me, it angers me that anyone would try to take away the the right of parents to chose. You are right, the land of the free is becoming not so free anymore!

  5. My girlfriend lives in HI and protested this bill. I agree that women should have the right to choose to birth when, where, and how they want to. Same thing with vaccinations. Slowly, we’re giving away all of our rights and we’re doing it without a fuss.

  6. All my babies were c-sections so I could never have the option to do a home birth.I know two of my friends who had a home birth and when I was younger I was a nanny for a midwife. I think woman should have the option to choose.

  7. This is the craziest thing I’ve heard all day! I personally didn’t do home births, but why would it be ok for laws to be passed against it?!? Sounds like these politicians are grossly uneducated.

  8. I didn’t even know that there were issues surrounding home births. I was born at home. My mom has 9 of us and only 2 were born in a hospital. In fact my mom delivered her first baby all by herself…..and she was only 16.

  9. I’m of the opinion that the only person who should be allowed to say where they want to give birth is the mother herself. Homebirths have been around since the dawn of time. Where were hospitals when Adam and Eve was around?

  10. I had my baby in the hospital (he was a preemie and emergency c-section, so even if I had another plan, it would have been thwarted by circumstances). Still, I support the right of moms to homebirth if that is what they feel is best. I know plenty of people who went that route and not a single one had any problems.

  11. Wow, I had no clue this was going on. Though I don’t think homebirth is for me, I do think it should be my choice & I would be angry if I was told how & where I have to birth my child unless it were an emergency situation. This is disturbing.

  12. I am far from even thinking about this, but I don’t think that someone should be able to put out legislation telling another person where they should give birth. Freedom!

  13. Although I’ve never experienced a home birth, I do feel that women have the right to chose to birth however they deem necessary. I think it’s wrong to attack the way of life that was standard way before the age of hospitals and c-secs. Good for you for advocating for this!

  14. I honestly do not see how taking away the right to have a baby at home makes any difference to the government. This also has nothing to do with being pro-choice or pro-life either. The government (on either side) just really baffles me.


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