Special Beginnings has been open for 19 years and identified a need to provide limited ultrasound services within the scope of the Certified Nurse Midwife to our clients. In the course of investigating this potential service, we realized that the law governing birth center operations specifically prohibited use of ultrasound.
So, we hired lobbyist Karen Fennel, RN, to approach legislators for support of a bill that would change this practice restriction. We found support in the Senate from Senator Reilly who introduced Senate Bill 600. In the House, Delegate Angela Angel sponsored House bill 1303. We gathered support from the community, the American College of Nurse Midwives and our consulting physicians at Annapolis OB/GYN and then testified during committee hearings.
Our bill passed in both the House and the Senate on the first vote! The bill was signed on May 10, 2016, at the State House in Annapolis. In the picture, you see Ann Sober, RN, Director of Special Beginnings, and Karen Fennel, RN and lobbyist, with our Governor and state leaders during the signing of the bill.
We continue our mission to provide our clients with choices in their care during pregnancy, birth and beyond. If that means taking on the state and local government, then we are up to the task!