Update: Homebirth rally in NYC tomorrow cancelled

The rally for today has been postponed, due to internal strategy conversations with the parties involved. I’ll post updates once I get any.

Choices in Childbirth is holding a rally tomorrow in support of Julie Finefrock.

Julie is the wife of an SEIU employee who is 6 months pregnant and would like to have a homebirth with a midwife. Despite the fact that NY State has mandated that private insurance companies cover homebirth, SEIU’s insurance does not (they have a loop hole because they are self-insured…it’s a bit complicated). Anyways, Julie has appealed and tomorrow is her hearing.

Attend the rally (info below) or sign the petition.

Rally info: March 18th, 2009
Outside SEIU’s offices, SEIU 32BJ, 101 Avenue of the Americas, NYC.
11:30am-1:30pm, hearing is at 3pm

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One thought on “Update: Homebirth rally in NYC tomorrow cancelled

  1. Jo March 17, 2009 / 8:35 pm

    FYI — just got this note via Facebook a few minutes ago:

    Dear Friends,

    Thank you so much for your support as we work to have homebirth coverage recognized by the SEIU 32BJ Health Fund.

    We are encouraged by a number of positive conversations with consultants, attorneys and the SEIU over the past few days and have decided to postpone our rally. We’ll continue to support Julie before and during her appeal, and we’ll reevaluate this effort after Julie’s appeal is decided.

    Many thanks again, and we’ll keep you updated,

    Becca Benghiat
    Executive Director
    New Space for Women’s Health

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