A group of midwives at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, have been notified that their employment contracts will not be renewed this year. It’s a familiar situation—one that we saw play out in Wilmington, North Carolina, about this time last year.
The midwives’ last scheduled day at the hospital is October 29, but a dedicated group of supporters is refusing to stand by as the date approaches. Prompted by outrage, their love of midwifery, and a little help from Where’s My Midwife?, Friends of Wabash Valley Midwifery have organized to fight for their community’s midwives. They are on their second letter to the hospital and their third action meeting. Meanwhile, their Facebook group has grown to 113 members who are prepared to picket if the group so decides.
Want to show your support for Terre Haute midwives? Here’s how to help:
- Join the Friends of Wabash Valley Midwifery group on Facebook and stay tuned to updates and calls for action.
- Organize or participate in a Where’s My Midwife? Walk for Moms and Midwives on Saturday, October 9, during National Midwifery Week.
- Sign the Save Our Midwives! petition.
- Help spread the word by sharing this post, the Friends of Wabash Valley Midwifery group, and the Walk for Moms and Midwives with coworkers, friends, and family.