If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. . .

Right now, all over the state of North Carolina, families are in pain.  They have been excitedly awaiting the arrival of a new family member, maybe expecting their first baby.  All of the joy that they have been feeling surrounding their upcoming birth has now turned to fear, for the women they have come to know and trust as care providers are no longer able to practice.  Maybe they interviewed several providers before choosing the Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) they felt most comfortable with; maybe they have had the pleasure of having her attend a previous birth and were thrilled at the thought of having her present at the birth of their next child.  That’s what makes this situation so painfully sad – the kind of care midwives provide goes above and beyond what most folks expect from a health care practitioner.  To have experienced such personal, attentive care and then be asked to accept anything less at such an important time is unthinkable.  But due to the actions of the North Carolina Board of Medicine, many families will now have to find someone else to assist them at their birth.  Many will now have to give up the option of having their baby at home, because there are so few CNMs left practicing out of hospital.

How is it that our state is so out of touch with what the families who live here want?  The North Carolina Friends of Midwives (NCFOM) have been working tirelessly for the last several years to get legislation passed that would allow Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) to obtain licenses to attend home birth.  With HB522 poised to be heard in the House Health Committee, they are closer than they have ever been to seeing that come to fruition.  It is no coincidence that the Board of Medicine rescinded Dr. Dorn’s ability to back CNMs who want to practice at home at this time.  The physicians in this state have made it clear how they feel about home birth.  Not only have they vocally opposed NCFOM’s legislative efforts at every turn, now they are closing the home birth practices of CNMs as well.  If you are a family who has chosen to give birth outside of a hospital – at home or in a birth center – or if you simply want to see others have that option, you must stand up and let your voice be heard.

Go to NCFOM.org and find out who your local legislators are, and give them a call.  Let them know that the families of our state deserve to give birth at home with the care provider that they choose.  Ask your friends and families to take a few minutes out of their day to do the same.  There has never been a more important time to act.

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7 thoughts on “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. . .

  1. In addition to passing this on to our friends and family in North Carolina, is there anything else that those of us in other parts of the country can do to help??

    • Go to a craft store or your local dollar store and buy car paint. Paint ‘Where’s My Midwife?’ on your back window to show solidarity with the families who have been left without their care provider. When folks ask what it means, let them know that women all over the country who choose to give birth with midwives are affected when legislators, hospital administrators and physicians make decisions based solely on profits. The time for talk is over. It’s time for women and midwives to stand together and demand change.

  2. you can pray for the mom who ended up with a repeat section the other day, i feel strongly because her birth plan was changed 24 hours before labor began when her dear nurse midwife was told she would not longer be able to catch her baby.you can also put into the thought lines for the nurse midwives who no longer have a very important doctor back up so their bills can be paid.women don’t need to be told what to do , we are pretty good at making our own choices. how can any choice women make concerning where and with whom they give birth be illegal ?

  3. Why take away an option for a woman who wants her birth experience with a certain person and place. That is taking away a freedom. Mothers do not have to choose home births if they do not want to. So why take it away from those who do. I greatly enjoyed my midwife who helped me birth my first child. I would do it again in a heart beat.

  4. My heart is very heavy for the midwives and the families whose lives this affects. Sheer insanity; and “they” continue to state this is in the best interest of women. Lunacy.

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