Midwifery Care: A Political Perspective


  • Congressman Henry Waxman

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    • Congressman Henry A Waxman, JD, represents the 24th District of Los Angeles in the US House of Representatives. He serves on the Committees: Energy and Commerce (3d of 25 D), in Subcommittees, Health and the Environment (Chairman), Oversight and Investigations, Telecommunications, and Consumer Protection and Finance; Government Operations (6th of 23 D), in Subcommittees, Intergovermental Relations and Human Resources, and Legislation and National Security; and Select Committee on Aging (15th of 38 D), in Subcommittee, Health and Long-Term Care. Representative Waxman was a practicing attorney from 1965 to 1968, and served on the California Assembly from 1968 to 1974. He received his BA and JD degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

US House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20025.


These are not easy times for needy Americans or for those who care for them. Cutbacks in Medicaid eligibility, changes in hospital payment, and restrictions on hospital coverage have reduced care for the poor. I have many concerns about the health and well-being of childbearing families in this nation; and I know they are shared by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and its membership. This paper will address some of these worries and will focus upon the role of midwives and government in providing care to the mothers and babies of America.