Dozens of parents, community members and kids joined Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC) midwives and the president of FAHC nurses union UPV/AFT Local 5221, Jennifer Henry, RN. They came to ask questions and plan how to stop FAHC’s attempt attempt to eliminate the 24/7 birthing midwifery program and cut 4 midwive. Newspaper and television reporters covered the discussion, which was the result of a huge outpouring of community support that immediately followed reports of ending the midwifery program. In less that 24 hours alone, the Vermont Workers’ Center received over a dozen emails from concerned community members about wanting to do something. The nurses union is in negotiations to keep the program and the midwives. Stay tuned for upcoming activities such as wearing buttons to support the midwives and a big turnout for the 2pm, October 9th FAHC Board of Trustees meeting in the McClure lobby conference room. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to a newly created listserve for Supporters of FAHC Midwives.
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