MAWS Lobby Day
February 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
According to the respondents from our last poll, some 83.6% of members have indicated a desire for “Lobbying for state/insurance coverage/reimbursement of services”
Lobby Day (for MAWS – the Midwives Association of Washington State) is coming up the next Thursday, February 14th, 2019. We are pleased to share that MAWS has announced their agenda and the Washington Doulas for All IS part of it! We know information and being prepared are a HUGE part of feeling comfortable showing up. Here are some things you can do NOW:
Register for the event (they use your location info to make sure that you are on a team talking to YOUR legislators): https://maws.wildapricot.org/event-3119215
The agenda is being updated, but keep an eye here: https://www.washingtonmidwives.org/information-for-legislators.html
Their agenda will include not only the Washington Doulas for All reimbursement (more info to come), but also WA LM license fees (this affects the cost of care for everyone accessing LM care) as well as the verbiage and perception around the use of ‘Birth Center’ (which has been co-opted by most local hospitals) vs. Free Standing Birth Center’
* We KNOW that this event occurs on the same day as the Open Arms Luncheon, and supporting both are very important. If you are able to attend either one of these events it will be immensely beneficial to ALL of us. MAWS has collected donation forms/envelopes in advance from Open Arms so that donations can still be collected and passed on from those attending Lobby Day instead.