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Midwives rally for licensing law

Dozens of midwives, supporters, moms and babies rallied in Capitol Park and are parading around the block now, pushing strollers and carrying smiling, well-bundled babies. The group was rallying for licensure of certified professional midwives, which they’re pushing for in all 50 states. They maintain that doctors are trying to block access to legal midwifery care; in Idaho, the group is hoping to pass a voluntary licensing bill. “This affects every mother or mother-to-be in the state because it impacts their choices in healthcare providers during pregnancy and childbirth,” said Kyndall May, an Idaho midwife and one of the lead organizers of the rally. Among the slogans on signs carried by rally participants were, “A Baby Place midwife helped me out” and “Everyone promises, midwives deliver.”

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