ACTION NEEDED

Just received this disturbing news, please help if you can and send to all you know:

As you may have heard, Jeff Comer, the CEO who initiated
> the mass firings last week on behalf of the current board
> has stepped down, but the discussions are still underway
> regarding the suggestion that the Midwives be replaced by
> Doctors/ OB-GYN’s. This is due–in large part–to the
> fact that generally, insurance companies reimburse at a
> lower rate for Midwifery care than for=2
> 0traditional OB/GYN care. If you have insurance other
> than Quest this is not necessarily the case and is worth
> mentioning in any letter you may write.
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> If you have any feelings about the significant change of
> care practices around pregnancy and birth, that would result
> from a loss of the Midwives, PLEASE write
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> and /or call the Hospital ASAP. The local newspapers
> need to hear from you too! A letter detailing your
> thoughts and your experiences with the Midwives would be
> worth its weight in gold and would go far in helping to
> ensure that we maintain the wonderful services that they
> provide. If you are one of the couples that have chosen to
> bypass your local hospital in favor of making the longer
> trip to Waimea for the specific purpose of being cared for
> by Midwives, please outline those reasons as well. The
> more details and reasons for choosing Midwifery care, the
> better.
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> It is also worth noting that regardless of what is taking
> place now in terms of discussions at WWC, the actual Labor
> and Delivery Nursing staff has *not* changed. If you have
> yet to give birth, you can look forward to your delivery
> just as you were before the controversy. The delivering
> Midwives; Pat Hopkins, Joann Johansen and Dr. Jade McGaff
> are all still employed by the Hospital and standby ready to
> provide the same excellent and sensitive care as always.
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> Please feel free to forward this to anyone you may know who
> has an interest and investment in20this community. Copies
> of your letter should go out to all addresses below.
> Mahalo to all of you who have already sent in letters or
> made calls. Your kokua is greatly appreciated.
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> Here are the appropriate addresses: Wayne Higaki /
> Jeff McLane
> c/o NHCH Administration
> 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy
> Kamuela, HI 96743
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> Pat Hopkins / Joann Johansen
> c/o NHCH/WWC Midwives
> 67-1123 Mamalahoa Hwy.
> Kamuela, HI 96743
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> Hawaii-Tribune Herald
> 355 Kinoole St
> Hilo, HI 96721
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> Big Island Weekly
> 305 Wailuku St.
> Hilo, HI 96720
> kkubat@bigislandweekly.com
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> Sincerely yours,
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> Mary
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> Mary Blyth
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> Natural Family Living Advocate
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> Birth Doula • Educator • Writer
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