Opinion #166 ~ “Informed Refusal” ~ notes: Almost universally, informed consent laws have been liberalized … from the relatively paternalistic “professional or reasonable physician” standard to the “materiality of patient viewpoint” standard. … In the “patient viewpoint” standard, a physician must disclose … the risks and benefits that a reasonable person in the patient’s position would want to know in order […]


Never forget: Our immediate goal for any legislation affecting healthy childbearing women and midwives is an “honest bill“. Our long-term goal is an “Honorable Peace” btw women (as mothers & midwives) and 21st-century obstetrics as a surgical specialty. Learning to ‘Love the Bomb’ while working for an ‘Honorable Peace’ with obstetrical medicine Unfortunately for midwives, becoming […]


Video Interviews by well-known birth activist Kathi Valeii of licensed midwife Faith Gibson

by faithgibson April 13, 2017

. . towards an honorable peace . . . .       1. Introduction & brief background of me and general ideas about these issues (7 mins): 2. Most relative to KillBill efforts of 2017 –>SB 457 (29 mins) 3. About mfry licensing: 4. Kathi asks “How do we decriminalize?” 5. Professional mfry as a critical […]

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Info about the CaLM’s Standard of care Development Website: part 3

by faithgibson June 17, 2015

Part 3 ~ In-depth information for the truly dedicated reader Reminder ~ The purpose of a professional standard of care is to: function as a reliable source of information & guidance for California licensed midwives provide information about the professional practice of community-based midwifery to interested parties, including the public, client families, legislative and regulatory bodies […]

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Info ~ CaLM’s Standard-of-Care Development Site ~ part 2

by faithgibson June 11, 2015

Part 2 ~ CCM’s Standard-of-Care as a placeholder document As stated earlier, the Collaborative Work Group is developing a standard-of-care for the California community of licensed midwives relative to the post-AB 1308 practice of midwifery. We are currently using the California College of Midwives‘ standards & guidelines (2004 version, updated 2015) as a template that […]

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Information ~ CaLM’s Standard-of-Care Development Website: part 1

by faithgibson May 28, 2015

Intro, Overview & Grand Vision: Our Standard-of-Care is also our most public face A standard of care is like a professional Constitution & Bill-of-Rights all rolled into one. As published online, this document is the single most important source of public information about the principles and professional practice midwifery available to childbearing families, journalists, reporters, […]

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