Monday was the first day of the 2018 Georgia Legislature. What does that mean for CNMs in Georgia? A lot, with potential legislation in the works which could greatly impact the way we practice. One bill currently being drafted could expand the scope of practice for CNMs, with the potential to remove excessive physician oversight which prevents us from practicing to the full extent of our training. This is huge, not just for us as midwives, but also for patients, particularly those in areas like rural Georgia with serious obstetrician shortages. Find out more about why midwives are working towards full practice authority throughout the country here: http://www.midwife.org/Full-Pr
Other potential 2018 bills that could impact us include a proposal for tax credits for precepting as well as a recommendation to increase state funding for Centering group prenatal care. And this is just the first day – lots more expected in the coming months.
First of all, know who your state legislators are. Go to https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP to see if you’re registered to vote and find out who your elected officials are at the local, state, and federal level. (And if you’re not registered to vote, you can register online at that website as well.)
Secondly, stay informed on the issues! Sign up for CAPRN (Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses) legislative alerts at http://caprn.org. At the CAPRN website, you can also sign up to to be an “APRN of the Day” to work with our lobbyist down at the State Capitol.
And lastly, if you’re really interested, join the Georgia Affiliate’s legislative committee, we would love to have your help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to join the committee.
Thanks, and we hope to see you down at the Gold Dome!