Home Birth in the News
A North Caroline midwife was arrested for practicing midwifery illegally after rushing a newborn to the hospital.
Expectant mother Jennifer, a second time client of midwife Amy, is outraged by the arrest.
In NC, there are no laws regulating certified professional midwives. This leaves virtually no access to safe out of hospital birth in the state.
Local physician, Dr. Henry Dorn, puts it this way “It’s kind of like prohibition. Just because you prohibit something doesn’t mean people aren’t going to do it. They’ll just do it less safely.”
So how do we ensure safe home birth? The solution seems simple, but the debate is heated within the home birth community. And if were up to most obs, the option to birth at home would be eradicated immediately.
Here’s one home birth advocate suggestion:
“…go semi-radical and get on the news, make a big stink and be annoying to reporters. Seek out those with your same beliefs that has access to the airwaves and fight hard. Just as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. stood up for their beliefs, we need to as well. It won’t be easy, pretty or fun, but it has to be done to equal the playing field.” – Valerie
We can take to the streets, we can call our representatives, we can donate to local organizations like Friends of Michigan Midwives
If we don’t, things like this will keep happening.
And perhaps worse, new laws will be written by the opposition and introduced to our state legislatures tied to a hundred dollar bill. That’s right – hospitals and doctors make donations to our state representatives.
What Can You DO?
If you support home birth, get involved in any way you can! Donate to a local cause, write your representatives and/or newspaper, anything!
Start by signing this petition: Help make midwifery legal in North Carolina
MANA, (Midwives Alliance of North America) provides a great state-by-state run down of midwifery legality in all 50 states on this chart.
*a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the midwives model of care. – Wikipedia