VICTORY! SB407 Signed Into Law!

09/21/2015 4:27 PM | Jeanette McCulloch (Administrator)

Huge news! Time to celebrate!!!

SB407 - a key piece of our strategy to extend Medi-Cal coverage to the care of licensed midwives in California - was signed today by the Governor!

Please join us in thanking Governor Brown for his support of families and midwifery in California!

And special thanks to bill author Senator Mike Morrell (R-23) and co-authors Senators Holly Mitchell (D-30) and Lois Wolk (D-3). Their bipartisan leadership and support was critical to the bill’s passage.

We also want to applaud the efforts of CAM Policy Chair Sarah Davis and CAM President Rosanna Davis, who spent countless hours both in Sacramento and around the state, advocating for access for ALL families.

But NONE of this would have been possible without the calls, emails, and visits from YOU - midwives and consumers around the state. Thank you to California Families for Access to Midwifery for keeping families up-to-date and active in the statehouse. CAM’s legislative advocacy team - Pearl Yu, Jessica Johnson, and Firen Jones - helped engage midwives around the entire state. Thank you!

We’d also like to thank Katie Prown, PhD, Senior Partner, Prown and Associates for her legislative know-how and Jeanette McCulloch of BirthSwell for communications and consumer turnout.

Here’s a few ways to celebrate:


Join us in the Bay Area or the San Diego area where we will celebrate expanded access to midwifery care. 

Learn more about the Bay Area event here.

Learn more about the San Diego event here


Our efforts were as efficient and effective as possible thanks to the support of our communications and legislative consultants, who donated part of their time to our efforts. Please consider donating NOW  to make future legislative efforts a success.


Please take a moment to write an email of thanks to the Governor and our bill authors. It will take less than 5 minutes and it shows them how many midwives and families care about birth options in California.

email Governor Brown here

email Senator Mike Morrell here

email Senator Holly Mitchell here

email Senator Lois Wolk here

The message is simple:

Thank you for your support of birthing families and midwives. Thank you for authoring [for the senators] or signing [for the Governor] SB407.

Again, thank you for your commitment to California families and midwives.

Implementation update:

We know that you all have LOTS of questions about the implementation. We’ll be sharing information for consumers and for midwives ASAP.

The implementation date for when midwives can receive Medi-Cal payment for care for CPSP or clinical care for fee-for-service Medi-Cal has not yet been set.  Implementation cannot take place until 2016.

Watch here for details - we’ll be sharing more in the next days and weeks. We will be monitoring this process every step of the way!

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