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 It is no coincidence that the Board of Medicine rescinded Dr.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.