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Arkansas Moms Sue Health Department

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Raised by 18 people in 20 days
This fund raiser is to help pay for legal fees and associated expenses for 5 Moms who are suing the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The ADH regulates the licensed midwives, they have forbidden midwives from accepting clients who wish to birth out of hospital if they have had a prior cesarean. This leaves families who desire a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean at home, to birth unassisted. The ADH is deciding for these families which medical professionals they can hire and barring them from the services they wish to use. 

The ADH also requires the midwife client to have two mandatory risk assessments. The client who has already hired a midwife for prenatal care must obtain these risk assessments which are almost exclusively done at the health department, to make sure the client is “safe” enough to birth at home.  The assessments include pelvic exams and STD testing. If a client refuses to complete the risk assessments then her midwife will have to release her from care to avoid disciplinary action. This is COMPELLED medical treatment for these families and this must stop!

This lawsuit will be to the benefit of current and future home birth families who wish to exercise full autonomy over their medical health. 

The funds raised from this will help to pay for continued legal expenses (filing fee, attorney fees, traveling to hearings, childcare for Moms to attend hearings) to help prevent the 5 woman named in the complaint from having to pay directly. 

We will be filing soon and your support would mean so much to the 5 local Moms, the home birth community, and to those who believe a competent adult should always have the final decision about their course of care.
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We have a hearing scheduled for October 22nd 9:30a at 401 West Markham Street Little Rock, Room 230. We are raising funds to help cover legal fees, travel and baby sitting costs for these mamas. Lawsuits are expensive but the families of Arkansas are worth it!
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We have officially filed this lawsuit!

Background on why we had to do this: We have exhausted all options to change the Arkansas midwifery rules to increase access to midwifery care. For over 3 years we have participated in rule making, attempted to change the law via legislation, and even petitioned the Board of Health for third party rulemaking. We have sent petitions with 1000s of signers, sent emails, protested public meetings. To no avail.

So now my friends are suing to be able to increase access to Arkansas midwives. Please consider supporting the effort. They have already raised enough to cover the filing fees but more work will need to be done throughout the process—work that costs money.

Please donate—even $5 adds up with multiple donors. If you cannot donate, please share widely.
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