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Session: Developing Local and National Policies to Assure Access to Comprehensive Maternity Care
3131.0: Monday, November 06, 2006: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Developing Local and National Policies to Assure Access to Comprehensive Maternity Care
For the past decade, pregnant women from across the economic scene have had difficulties accessing appropriate comprehensive maternity services in their local communities. Many factors impact this growing concern: a decreasing provider pool secondary to age, malpractice costs, and specialization; fewer businesses that cover such maternity care because of rising costs; and hospital systems which have closed such OB units because they are not profitable. All of these problems affect women equally regardless of socio-economic background. This presentation will explore these issues and the need for a national policy for access to maternal health care.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify many issues related to access to maternity care. Participants will be able to list some of the new innovative programs available to help with access issues
Organizer(s):Barbara Levin, MD, MPH
Carol A. Nelson, LM, CPM
Ceclila Wachdorf, CNM, PhD
Moderator(s):Ceclila Wachdorf, CNM, PhD
10:30 AMIntroductory Remarks
10:40 AMAccess to Midwifery Care: Conflicts and Challenges
Holly Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM
10:55 AMHow do state Medicaid programs support or limit access to out-of-hospital maternity services and direct-entry midwives?  [ Recorded presentation ]
Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH, Connie Koshewa, CPM, MPH
11:10 AMAccess to Normal Birth: Establishing an Alternative to Friedman's  [ Recorded presentation ]
Betty-Anne Daviss, MSc, RM, Kenneth C. Johnson, PhD
11:25 AMAccess to Maternity Services:  [ Recorded presentation ]
Barbara Levin, MD, MPH, Jill Alliman, RN, CNM, Msn
11:40 AMDiscussion
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA