Episode 22:32 – Being Pregnant Is NOT A Disease (So Why Does The Alabama Department of Public Health Treat It As One?)
On this episode of the Get Healthy Alabama podcast we (Dr. George Burroughs and BetyLou Pierce) sit down with Jessica Smith from the Alabama Birth Coalition to discuss how the Alabama Department of Public Health is trying to keep women from having access to optimal care during pregnancy and delivery.
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Episode 22:32 Being Pregnant Is NOT A Disease (So Why Does The Alabama Department of Public Health Treat It As One?)
A woman should have the right to decide the type of health care she wants.
Especially during pregnancy.
A right to receive care from a medical doctor OR a Certified Professional Midwife.
In the state of Alabama that right was only granted to women five years ago (2017).
Now this right is being threatened.
Not because of poor quality of care.
Not because of poor outcomes.
Not because of any complaints against midwives.
Instead, the right for women in Alabama to choose a Certified Professional Midwife is being threatened by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
But we can make some pretty good guesses.
On this episode we sit down with Jessica Smith, president of the Alabama Birth Coalition, to discuss how the Alabama Department of Public Health is trying to keep women from having access to optimal care during pregnancy and delivery.
We discuss the long and hard battle women in Alabama have faced in trying to obtain health care rights… the progress that was made leading up to a law being passed to give women those rights… and how those rights are now being threatened by the very organization that should be defending them.
Please give this episode a good listen as it is not only about the health care rights of pregnant women, it’s about the rights of ALL people who live in Alabama.
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