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LaborPayne during her 6th homebirth (9th baby) at age 44

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Letter to the Govenor

As my first official act as a Health Commissioner for my city, I sent this letter to my govenor, Kathleen Sebelius, who is the newly appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services. I' m hoping many of you will take the time to read this document as well.

Subject: Maternal-Infant Health
Dear Govenor Sebelius,
As newly appointed Health Commissioner for Greater Kansas City by Mayor Funkhouser, and as you have recently been appointed as Secretary for Health and Human Services by President Obama, I would like to make you aware of a document that I had input on recently that was prepared for the former nominee, Tom Daschle. The document is titled, "Maternity Care: Community meeting in the Heartland" This documented meeting which occurred in Dec. of 2008 assembled an impressive array of maternity care advocate from various fields (including nurses, physicians, midwives, consumers, and media and communications specialists) from Kansas and Missouri to discuss problems and offer solutions regarding maternal-infant care. The result is this document. I hope you and your staff will take the time to read it- I am including a link to the pdf.:

We represent a stalwart community of devoted professionals and consumers committed to improving maternal-infant health. Please know that we are here as a resource for you and your staff. Together, we can make the world a safer and healthier place for mothers and babies.

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