Water Aerobics

Mom and her friend really enjoyed the water aerobics class today! Unfortunately, they may not be able to return.

A week ago Mom called and asked for clarification on the required Physician Consent Form. There are lots of different kinds of physicians out there and no where on the Altamonte Springs Recreation website does it offer any specifics as to exactly which medical professionals they accept signatures from. Some definitions of the word physician simply define a physician as “a person who is legally qualified to practice medicine” and, at least in the state of Florida, a licensed midwife is legally qualified to be the sole medical professional for pregnancy concerns. But since the Altamonte Springs Recreation website doesn’t specify who can sign the form, Mom called to make sure a midwives signature would be acceptable. The woman that answered said she wasn’t sure and she would check and call Mom back. At a minimum, she suggested, Mom and her friend should just get the forms signed and show up because they only glance at the form before the class to make sure it’s signed. They don’t actually review the signature until after your first class when they are registering you for your membership. Since Mom never received a call back, Mom and her friend went ahead and had their signed forms with them when they showed up to try the class. After the class when they asked to get registered they ran into some issues.

It turns out that the city requires a doctor or nurse to sign the release form and they won’t accept the signature of our midwife. Mom and her friend don’t understand why the state of Florida says a midwife is the only medical professional that they need to see during their pregnancies but the city of Altamonte Springs disagrees but the lady at registration said that’s the information her supervisor gave her. Apparently Mom needs to call next week and discuss this with the supervisor who is out sick this week…

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