Current Legislation in Texas

Responding to a bill (HB 1507) in the legislature that would limit access to midwifery care, TfM is taking a different legislative approach this year. Instead of our traditional legislative Visiting Day, TfM is organizing a more targeted approach. 

House Bill 1507 would impose severe restrictions on birth centers and licensed midwives, forcing many of them to shut down their practices. We are working hand in hand with the Association of Texas Midwives (ATM). (See ATM's response on our Facebook page.). 

We still need you and your family to help us defend the proven benefits of midwifery. We will let you know exactly when to call, email, or visit your representative. Please share our Facebook page with other supporters and stay tuned for Action Alerts. Sign up for action alerts and updates by clicking here!



Birthing under the Midwifery Model of Care, in or outside the hospital, is a right that must be protected. 

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THANK YOU to everyone that joined us on Lobby Day, February 28, 2011.

We had nearly 100 adult participants (and a few dozen babies and children). Our message was well-received by legislators and their staff, and we are working on getting the Medicaid rule changed so licensed midwives are elegible for Medicaid reimbursements.

For information about legislative issues, including, but not limited to, Medicaid, please contact Brielle Epstein.

For more information about Texans for Midwifery, please contact Jennifer Shaw.


The Midwives Model of Care© includes:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

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