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  • May 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Families in North Carolina are being forced into making some hard birthing choices. There are many families who choose homebirth in NC. The CDC just released a report that homebirths are on the rise throughout the USA and NC had one of the sharpest increases.

    North Carolina Friends of Midwives (NCFOM) has been trying to get Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) licensed in NC. Study after study has shown that homebirth for a low risk pregnancy is just as safe as a hospital birth, with far lower rates of induction, premature babies, cesarean section, etc and much higher rates of maternal satisfaction. With this information a legislative study committee voted last year (2009) that homebirth is a safe alternative and CPMs should be licensed. The General Assembly (GA) charged the Midwifery Joint Committee (MJC) with creating bill language for licensing CPMs. After months of meetings the MJC voted on Tues that CPMs should not be licensed and did not follow through with their charge. Once again this leaves families seeking homebirths in NC to seek an unlicensed care provider or give birth unassisted.

    I am a mother of three. I had my first child in the hospital and other two at home with a CPM. I can connect you with many women in this area who would be happy to give you their stories.

    Please remember, CPMs are the ONLY professional specifically trained in homebirths. If doctors were truly concerned about homebirth safety they would be seeking a solution. Coming up with a compromise. This total shutting down of any team work or collaboration strongly calls into question their true motives.

    NCFOM and women wanting homebirths are not going to go away. We will be introducing licensure in January 2011. Please see the attached press release. I truly hope you will decide to investigate this issue. I would be happy to send you a press release. I look forward to discussing this with you in detail.

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