The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sue Nigra, Director of Communications
firstname.lastname@example.org; (518) 436-3461
Proposed Legislation Puts
Women’s Health At Risk
WHO: The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II (ACOG)
WHAT: Safe Maternity Care Jeopardized by Midwifery Proposal
WHEN: Thursday, June 17, 2010 – 11:00 AM
WHERE: LCA Press Conference Room – (Room 130 in Legislative Office Building, Albany)
WHY: Proposed legislation – (A.8117/S.5007) – would eliminate the written collaborative agreement that is currently required between obstetrician-gynecologists and licensed midwives in New York State.
A written collaborative agreement guarantees that patients receive the best possible care during high-risk situations where a midwife requires the assistance of an ob-gyn. Without such an agreement, the entire birthing process – as well as patient safety – is at risk. In addition, the current onerous liability climate for ob-gyns is further exacerbated by this bill. Midwives would face a higher risk exposure – which could prevent them from obtaining medical liability insurance.
Members of ACOG will further address why legislation to eliminate the written collaborative agreement is ill advised, inappropriate – and unnecessary.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II (ACOG) represents over 4,000 members in the state who deliver health care to New York’s women. To learn more about ACOG, visit www.acogny.org