In 2011, we honored two consumer organizations and one physician. Freeourmidwives.org was a consumer organization based in Ithaca which organized and mobilized a strong consumer base of support for the Midwifery Modernization Act of 2010. Choices in Childbirth, based in NYC, performed a similar function downstate. These two organizations sent emails to legislators, came to our Annual Meeting and Lobby Day to lobby in person, and were the significant force in getting our bill passed.
Dr. Donald Matheson from NYC is another obstetrician who served as a consultant to several midwifery practices over many years and who also served on the Board of Midwifery.