to help empower, offer choices for families in Hawai`i

Below are the committees and those representatives who are in them and will be hearing SB2569 & SB2569 SD1 regarding home births.

We need EVERYONE to show up in force or at least SHARE with everyone you know

Please take a moment to submit testimony NOW

How to sign up to submit testimony:

- Go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/

- Click on the top right button to “Register”, it will ask for your email and to create a password

- Sign In

- Under the “Search” feature on the left column, “Bill Status/Measure Status” type in: SB2569

- Upper right corner, click the blue “Submit Testimony” button

- Be sure to indicate that you OPPOSE

- Attach your written testimony

- Click if you will be testifying in person

Feel free to use the sample letters for inspiration but writing from your heart is always best, share stories or thoughts and reasons why you would choose a home birth or a birth you had at a hospital, that made you support those who choose out of hospital birth.

Senate Committee on Health:

The purview of this committee includes those programs relating to general health, maternal and child health, communicable diseases, dental health, medical and hospital services, mental health, developmental disabilities, and hospitals.

SAMPLE letter for Committee on Health (please add your own comments/feelings as well):

“Aloha Senator ________,

SB2569 & SB2569 SD1 must be killed, as the appropriate stake holders; home birthing families and midwives, have not been consulted on the creation of this bill.  Safety is what an individual feels and can vary widely from person or profession to another.  The issue is that there are many versions of what people consider safe, the government and their responsibilities of keeping the public safe and individuals’ ability to decide what is safe for them and their family.

Hospitals are one option for birthing families but it is not and should not be the only option.  There are arguments for both side, for or against hospital births and for out of hospital births but the fact remains, that each option is equally safe for pregnant families to choose and should be able to without harassment.

What is also known, is that in the U.S. the maternal and infant mortality rates are among the worst in the developed world.  2% of births occur at home across the country, which means that this death rate is in correlation with hospital births.

Not all women feel safe being in a hospital, with monitors and people telling them what to do.  Some women, enjoy the beeping sounds and gadgets readily available in the hospital but not ALL of them should be required to do either.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you on improving birth in Hawai`i.”

 

Chair: Josh Green,  District 3 – Kona, Ka`u

Room 215
Phone 808-586-9385
Fax 808-586-9391
E-Mail:
sengreen@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Vice Chair: Rosalyn Baker, District 6 – South and West Maui (Makena, Wailea, Kihei, Ma`alaea, Lahaina, Ka`anapali, Napili, Kapalua)

Room 230
Phone 808-586-6070
Fax 808-586-6071
E-Mail:
senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Members:

Suzanne Chun Oakland, District 13 – Liliha, Palama, Iwilei, Kalihi, Nu`uanu, Pacific Heights, Pauaoa, Lower Tantalus, Downtown

Room 226
phone: 808-586-6130
fax: 808-586-6131
E-Mail:
senchunoakland@capitol.hawaii.gov

Clarence Nishihara, District 17 – Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades

Room 204
Phone 808-586-6970
Fax 808-586-6879
E-Mail:
sennishihara@capitol.hawaii.gov

   

Sam Slom, District 9 – Hawai`i Kai, Kuli`ou`ou, Niu, `Aina Haina, Wai`alae-Kahala, Diamond Head

Room 214
Phone 808-586-8420
Fax 808-586-8426
E-Mail:
senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

 

Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection:

The purview of this committee includes those programs relating to business regulation, professional and vocational licensing, consumer protection, financial institutions, insurance regulation, public utility regulation, telecommunications regulation, the landlord tenant code, condominium property regimes, and leaseholds.

SAMPLE letter for Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection

“Aloha Senator ______,

Please kill SB2569 & SB2569 SD1 and protect consumers’ ability to choose the birth that they feel is best for them and their families.  In this CDC report regarding cesarean surgery http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db35.pdf; the most common surgery in U.S. hospitals, it shows that nearly half of all births are done via cesarean.  The World Health Organization states, that a rate of 15% of births by cesarean is the highest rate a country should have in order to have the best health outcomes.  http://www.who.int/healthsystems/topics/financing/healthreport/30C-sectioncosts.pdf.  The costs of unnecessary cesareans cost $2.32 billion dollars globally, with a 6.2 million operations done unnecessarily worldwide.  What contributes to these unnecessary cesareans, is the way healthy pregnancies are treated in this country.

Any woman who goes to a hospital to birth is given the same treatment as someone who is high risk (i.e. constant fetal heart monitoring, I.V. drip, pitocin induction etc) all of which have been shown to increase the likelihood of needing a cesarean.  https://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10456

Consumers are deciding to birth in hospitals because of what society has deemed, “normal”, however, the more we look at exactly what takes place during a normal, unmedicated, undisturbed birth, we see that the economical effects between the two are staggering and it would behoove us as a State, not to examine the whole picture.

Looking forward to working with you on building a healthier and economically sound birthing culture in Hawai`i.”

Thank you for your time,

 

Chair: Rosalyn Baker, District 6 – South and West Maui (Makena, Wailea, Kihei, Ma`alaea, Lahaina, Ka`anapali, Napili, Kapalua)

Room 230
Phone 808-586-6070
Fax 808-586-6071
E-Mail:
senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Vice Chair: Brian Taniguchi, District 11 – Manoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakolea

Room 219
Phone 808-586-6460
Fax 808-586-6461
E-Mail:
sentaniguchi@capitol.hawaii.gov

Members:

Clarence Nishihara, District 17 – Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades

Room 204
Phone 808-586-6970
Fax 808-586-6879
E-Mail:
sennishihara@capitol.hawaii.gov              

 

Glenn Wakai, District 15 – Kalihi, Mapunapuna, Airport, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor

Room 216
Phone 808-586-8585
Fax 808-586-8588
E-Mail:
senwakai@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Sam Slom, District 9 – Hawai`i Kai, Kuli`ou`ou, Niu, `Aina Haina, Wai`alae-Kahala, Diamond Head

Room 214
Phone 808-586-8420
Fax 808-586-8426
E-Mail:
senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

 

Senate on Judiciary and Labor:

SAMPLE letter for the committee on Judiciary and Labor:

The purview of this committee includes those programs relating to the courts; crime prevention and control, including juvenile justice matters; criminal code revision; statutory revision; campaign spending and elections; ethics; constitutional matters; the Attorney General, Public Defender, and Judiciary; individual rights and civil liberties; public officers and employees; labor; employment opportunities and training; labor-management relations; collective bargaining; the Employees’ Retirement System; and the Hawai`i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund.

“Aloha Senator(s) _______,

SB2569 & SB2569 SD1 cannot be passed as it reads now, especially in regards to limiting access to care providers, the requiring of clients to be on a list for desiring to birth at home among other points in the bill.

It does not take into account the Certified Professional Midwife requirements for certification which is nationally recognized.  Since Hawai`i does not currently have a way to train or certify midwives here, recognizing this route would create more opportunities for jobs in areas of need and especially to women, children and families.

Civil liberties are being infringed upon when only one type of care provider is recognized and training to become that type of provider is basically unattainable to most people in Hawai`i.

Look forward to working with you on improving Hawai`i’s ability to care for and look after it’s people.”

Thank you for your time,

 

Chair: Clayton Hee, District 23 – Kane`ohe, Ka`a`awa, Hau`ula, La`ie, Kahuku, Waialua, Hale`iwa, Wahiawa, Schofield Barracks, Kunia

Room 407
Phone 808-586-7330
Fax 808-586-7334
E-Mail:
senhee@capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice Chair: Maile Shimabukuro, District 21 – Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko`Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua

Room 222
Phone 808-586-7793
Fax 808-586-7797
E-Mail:
senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov

Members:

Mike Gabbard, District 20 – Kapolei, Makakilo, Portions of Ewa, Kalaeloa and Waipahu

Room 201
Phone 808-586-6830
Fax 808-586-6679
E-Mail:
sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov


Brickwood Galuteria, District 12 – Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kaka`ako, McCully, Mo`ili`ili

Room 221
Phone 808-586-6740
Fax 808-586-6829
E-Mail:
sengaluteria@capitol.hawaii.gov

                       

Les Ihara, District 10 – Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Palolo, St. Louis Heights, Maunalani Heights, Mo`ili`ili, Ala Wai

Room 220
Phone 808-586-6250
Fax 808-586-6251
E-Mail:
senihara@capitol.hawaii.gov                

 

Malama Solomon, District 4 – Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona

Room 210
Phone 808-586-7335
Fax 808-586-7339
E-Mail:
sensolomon@capitol.hawaii.gov


Sam Slom, District 9 – Hawai`i Kai, Kuli`ou`ou, Niu, `Aina Haina, Wai`alae-Kahala,Diamond Head

Room 214
Phone 808-586-8420
Fax 808-586-8426
E-Mail:
senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

 

 

Senate Committee on Ways and Means:

SAMPLE letter for the committee on Ways and Means

The purview of this committee includes those programs relating to overall state financing policies, including revenue enhancement, taxation, other revenues, and cash and debt management; statewide implementation of planning, programming, budgeting and evaluation; and government structure and finance.

“Aloha Senator(s) _______,

SB2569 & SB2569 SD1 must be killed in order to truly look at the ways and means in which regulating out of hospital birth care providers would be financially responsible.  The population of out of hospital care providers is not more than 30 throughout the state and have amongst them different certifications/practices.

Creating a board, which SB2569 & SB2569 SD1 calls for, especially one consisting of no providers of out of hospital care, does not seem to be financially sustainable as well.  We have amongst home birth providers a vast knowledge base from those who have been their family’s birth attendant, to those who have come from other states and hold nationally accredited certifications.

To spend tax dollars would be better used not over regulating a profession which could save the state money.  Looking for ways to reduce cost and burdens on hard working families by implementing the midwife model of care is less expensive and should be supported, rather than over regulated.

Look forward to working with you to support Hawai`i’s out of hospital care providers”

Thank you for your time,

 

Chair: David Ige, District 16 – Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, `Aiea, Royal Summit, `Aiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Halawa, Pearl Harbor

Room 208
Phone 808-586-6230
Fax 808-586-6231
E-Mail:
sendige@capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice Chair: Michelle Kidani, District 18 – Mililani Town, portion of Waipi`o Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia

Room 228
Phone 808-586-7100
Fax 808-586-7109
E-Mail:
senkidani@capitol.hawaii.gov

Members:

Suzanne Chun OaklandRoom 226
phone: 808-586-6130
fax: 808-586-6131
E-Mail:
senchunoakland@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Donovan M. Dela Cruz, District 22 – Mililani Mauka, Waipi`o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho

Room 202
Phone 808-586-6090
Fax 808-586-6091
E-Mail:
sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

 

J. Kalani English, District 7 – Hana, East & Upcountry, Moloka`i, Lana`i & Kaho`olawe

Room 205
Phone 808-587-7225
Fax 808-587-7230
E-Mail:
senenglish@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

 

Will Espero, District 19 – `Ewa Beach, `Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of `Ewa Villages

Room 231

Phone 808-586-6360
Fax 808-586-6361
E-Mail:
senespero@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Gilbert Kahele, District 11 – Hilo

Room 213
Phone 808-586-6760
Fax 808-586-6689
E-Mail:
senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, District 5 – Wailuku, Waihe`e, Kahului

Room 203
Phone 808-586-7344
Fax 808-586-7348
E-Mail:
senkeithagaran@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

 

Ronald D. Kouchi, District 8 – Kaua`i, Ni`ihau

Room 206
Phone 808-586-6030
Fax 808-586-6031
E-Mail:
senkouchi@Capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Russell E. Ruderman, District 2 – Kea`au, Pahoa, Kalapana, Kapoho, Kurtistown, Mountain View, Glenwood, Volcano, Pahala

Room 217
Phone 808-586-6890
Fax 808-586-6899
E-Mail:
senruderman@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Laura H. Thielen, District 25 – Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimanalo, Hawai`i Kai, Portlock

Room 223
Phone 808-587-8388
Fax 808-587-7240
E-Mail:
senthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Jill N. Tokuda, District 24 – Kane`ohe, Kane`ohe MCAB, Kailua, He`eia, `Ahuimanu

Room 218
Phone 808-587-7215
Fax 808-587-7220
E-Mail:
sentokuda@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Sam Slom, District 9 – Hawai`i Kai, Kuli`ou`ou, Niu, `Aina Haina, Wai`alae-Kahala, Diamond Head

Room 214
Phone 808-586-8420
Fax 808-586-8426
E-Mail:
senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

 

Work After Baby

Call Senator Hee and tell him to hear the Paid Family Leave bill now!

Phone: 808-586-7330 or email: senhee@capitol.hawaii.gov

American Mothers Deserve Better

Call Senator Hee now and tell him to have the Paid Family Leave Bill heard

Phone: 808-586-7330 or email: senhee@capitol.hawaii.gov

FMLA - Family Medical Leave Act Information

Call Senator Hee now and tell him to hear the Paid Family Leave Bill

808-586-7330 or email: senhee@capitol.hawaii.gov

Hawai`i’s Family Leave Act – CALL Senator Hee NOW!

 

From Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai`i:

“Moms and Dads, isn’t it about time for paid family leave after the birth or adoption of a new baby?

Our Paid Family Leave bill, creating 100% employee-funded Temporary Caregiver Insurance program, is waiting to be heard by the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee.

Please contact Senator Hee, Committee Chair, TODAY at 808-586-7330 or email senhee@capitol.hawaii.gov to request a hearing before the bill is killed.  We are quickly running out of time!

Thank you and aloha!”

 

Planned Home Birth Study

Slowly we are coming to a place where people are realizing, that birth took place mainly outside of a hospital only 100 years ago.

Birth in hospitals have been proven time and again to not be “safer”, with our maternal and infant mortality rate one of the highest in the developed world and only about 2% of births taking place at home, the truth doesn’t lie.

This study comes at a remarkable time, as Hawai`i is gearing up to have it’s home birth practices looked at by the government, with SB2569 introduced by Senator Josh Green (D) District 3 – Kona, Ka‘u, which essentially illegalizes home births, luckily we have many studies, passionate advocates and people around the world watching and sending their love and offers of support.

Hawai`i has a unique chance to lead the world to be a model of what truly healthy maternity care looks like.

If you haven’t read the bill yet go HERE

Write/Call/Email your Senators TODAY and tell them that SB2569 MUST be killed, as it does not serve women and babies.      CLICK HERE to find your representative.

This article from Science and Sensibility about the “safety” of home birth is a great read.

“How the Home vs. Hospital Debate Misses the Mark” – Birth Anarchy

Having had 2 unmedicated hospital births (while actually desiring to birth at home) and now training to be a CPM doing out of hospital births, this blog post sings to me.

Since becoming a mother, I’ve participated in several mom websites and chat rooms regarding motherhood.  What always comes up is the “us vs. them”.

 

I believe this is the year of the woman and I truly hope we all genuinely learn to appreciate and support each other as we walk on this path together.

 

Mahalo Kathi for the awesome post!

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