Saturday, January 19, 2008

Homebirths to be covered by insurance in New Hampshire!

Both the House and the Senate in New Hampshire have passed bills that mandate insurance companies to cover home births! The two bills were slightly different, so not quite ready for the Governor's signature, but the bills passed by big margins. This is a terrific development for home birth and perhaps and example that will be useful for other states.

Read more about this news here.

This is exciting news for NH and just makes me reflect on what we're working towards here in Missouri--simply the right to skilled midwifery care in our homes. It has been a difficult struggle to get this idea of legal midwifery accepted here in Missouri and so it is a refreshing change to know that in other states not only is home birth "accepted," but is also now covered by insurance! Missouri is falling even more behind the times!

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