Gov. Rendell's Health Plan: Midwives

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Today, Gov. Edward G. Rendell detailed his health-care reform plan at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing.  The Prescription for Pennsylvania plan calls for more nurses to practice to the fullest extent of their training and skills.   For example, midwives deliver between 10-50% of the babies born in the Commonwealth, but they are unable to write prescriptions for medications.  


  Dr. Mary Guidera

  Lecturer Clinical Specialist, University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing


   20  years experience as a midwife, assisting with outside-of-hospital deliveries

   Conducted research on midwives' response to prenatal loss

   Media-savvy and reporter-friendly; understands deadlines