Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Dear friends and family -

I received this information this morning and feel it is important enough to share with all of you.

It is beneficial for all families to know their legal rights regarding transfer to hospital in the event of a homebirth or birth center birth emergency. It is wonderful to see that there are lawyers who are focused on protecting the rights of women and families in this area.

Please keep the following information about these lawyers on hand should you ever need it.


PS - I regret that I did not receive the attachments so I cannot pass them on to you.

[BirthPolicy] Declarations Re: Transfers and Integration of Care [1 Attachment]

Hi everyone,

Attached is a message I received this afternoon from LABOR (Legal Advocates for Birth Options and Rights), a group of lawyers and law students whose mission is to "develop the legal tools and policies necessary to uphold the rights of pregnant and laboring women and to secure access to the full range of birth options for all women." They are collecting statements from consumers, doulas, and midwives regarding women's experiences upon being transferred or transported to a hospital from a home or birth center birth. Please share this email with home birth families, midwives, and doulas you know, and ask them to tell their hospital-transport birth stories in this format and send it on to LABOR.


Hello all!

The attorneys of Legal Advocates for Birth Options and Rights (LABOR) are asking women who have experienced a transfer to the hospital after a planned home birth or birth center birth to please share their stories so that we may use them in support of our research, public education, and advocacy efforts.

We will be sharing these statements with hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff, as well as with legislators and policy makers, in order to raise awareness about the institutional barriers facing women who plan an out-of-hospital birth. Our goal is to develop effective solutions to ensure that all pregnant and laboring women experience respectful continuity of care, regardless of birth setting. We are looking for stories that shed light on the range of experiences women have in transferring to the hospital from home or a birth center, including the positive as well as the negative.

Attached is a declaration form that we are asking participants to use to ensure that their experiences may not be dismissed as made-up or exaggerated "stories." To this end, we cannot honor requests for anonymity. We do, however, hope that you are inspired to step forward and make your voice heard.

Please fill out the attached form and email it to us at

You may also direct questions to the above email address.

Anne Margolis, CNM
11 Roble Road
Suffern, NY 10901


Thank you for contacting us. We are happy to assist you but cannot make clinical assessments or offer medical advice via email or text message. Please call us directly to discuss your symptoms or concerns. We may be able to help you with a telephone conversation or an office visit. If you are in labor or have an urgent concern, please call right away and leave a message on office voicemail and on the beeper voicemail, as that is the best way to get in touch with us in an emergency.

This transmission and any accompanying attachments may contain confidential health care information that is legally privileged and intended for the legally requesting entity only. The recipient of this email is prohibited from disclosing its contents and is required by law to destroy this information once authorized fulfillment is complete. If you are not the intended recipient and have received this email in error, any disclosure, copying, or distribution of the information contained in this email or its attachments is strictly prohibited by law. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately at and destroy both this email and its attachments.

Anne Margolis, CNM
11 Roble Road
Suffern, NY 10901