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Homebirth Stories in NC??

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I am hoping to have a homebirth with my next pregnancy and wanted to be encouraged by some homebirthing Mamas in North Carolina. I know homebirthing goes on alot in NC even though it is underground. I would just love to be encouraged by some other NC mamas. Thanks so much.

Marnita
post #2 of 17
Marnita,

I don't have any advice, but your post just got me thinking.

Are midwives not allowed to attend homebirths in NC? If so, then crap. DH and I are thinking of moving to Chapel Hill and I want to give birth to all of our babies at home.

I might be comfortable with a UC, but DH would most definitely, no way in hell, be comfortable with a UC.

Good luck. I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy and a beautiful birth.
post #3 of 17
CNMs can legally attend home births, though they must have a dr backup. CPMs cannot legally attend, though I believe that many people still use them illegally.

There are several CNMs in the triangle area who do attend home births.
post #4 of 17
Have you checked out nchomebirth.com? There is quite a few birth stories there. Also, there is a meetup group (meetup.com) which encourages future homebirthers to come so you can hear birth stories and ask questions etc.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice. I've been on the NChomebirth.com and I've read those stories but I thought I might get some more stories from some mothering friends in Charlotte, NC.

Walker67 - What meetup.com group are you talking about? I can't seem to find it. What's their name? When do they meet?
post #6 of 17
As a doula, I've attended two CPM attended births here in NC, and I'm planning a CNM attended one of my own in a month or so! The two births I attended as a doula were for two of my best friends and they were with different midwives and both just fabulous. The first was a 4th child, first homebirth, 3rd VBAC. Mom had a very long labor (about 36 hours...positioning issue with baby and a VERY thick sack that just would.not.break) but in the end, patience and support was all she needed to birth her daughter kneeling beside her bed. The second was THE most peaceful waterbirth I've ever seen...3rd baby, first homebirth, very private waterbirth in their bedroom attended by just mom, dad, myself and the midwife. Nice, quick 5 hour labor and a nearly silent entrance into the world.

I'm hoping my upcoming birth will be JUST like that one!
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by mleigh23 View Post
Thanks for all the advice. I've been on the NChomebirth.com and I've read those stories but I thought I might get some more stories from some mothering friends in Charlotte, NC.

Walker67 - What meetup.com group are you talking about? I can't seem to find it. What's their name? When do they meet?


So sorry. Did not know you were in Charlotte. There is a meetup in the Triangle area. OOps
post #8 of 17
just had a wonderful homebirth in August with a CPM. My first was born at a birth center which was wonderful as well. I would get in touch with Nancy Harman if I were you..she's a CNM and probably a bit closer to you.
post #9 of 17
I had my last two kids at home with Nancy Harman, CMN - who is licensed and legal in NC. She is fabulous. Another CNM also recently opened a legal homebirth practice in the Triangle area - Deb O'Connell.

So there are some great legal options for homebirth in NC.
post #10 of 17
So no matter what, a CNM has to have a Dr who backs her up? What about if she opens a birth center? I'm sure it would be a challenge to find a Dr.

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Originally Posted by TCA2008 View Post
I had my last two kids at home with Nancy Harman, CMN - who is licensed and legal in NC. She is fabulous. Another CNM also recently opened a legal homebirth practice in the Triangle area - Deb O'Connell.

So there are some great legal options for homebirth in NC.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by ANewDoula View Post
So no matter what, a CNM has to have a Dr who backs her up? What about if she opens a birth center? I'm sure it would be a challenge to find a Dr.
Well, the birth center, for instance, uses drs at UNC as their backup. As a patient you never see them (unless they have to transfer care). Even though I delivered at UNC, I still only saw the midwives.

So there are definitely drs out there who will be consulting OBs. But yeah, I'm sure they're hard to find. I imagine that's why there are so few homebirth midwives practicing legally in NC.
post #12 of 17
I didn't have my kids in NC but I have lots of friends who have and I'm a homebirth midwife here so I can tell you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, homebirths are going on here all the time! You'll have options, for sure! We have DEMs, CPMs, and CNMs to choose from.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by rhiOrion View Post
CPMs cannot legally attend, though I believe that many people still use them illegally.
Just to clarify, it is illegal for a CPM to attend a home birth, but it is the midwife who is breaking the law. It's my understanding that the mother can have anyone she wants attending and helping with her birth (most dads who catch their babies aren't CNMs). So, there are several CPMs in the area practicing under the table, but the moms who have them attend their births are not doing anything illegal. The midwives are taking all the risk.

Midwife mamas, correct me if I'm wrong, but that's my understanding.
post #14 of 17
Yes, Beanma, you're exactly right.
post #15 of 17
I had both of my girls at home with a CPM attending (she was an LM at the time of the first birth). Both births were beautiful, wonderful experiences. There are many midwives that will attend homebirths in the Charlotte area. I have never had any problems with people questioning about the legality of a midwife attended homebirth or probing for more info on who my midwife was when getting my girls' birth certificates at social services or taking them to their first ped. visit.

There is also a new birthing center just outside of Charlotte, over the state line, in Fort Mill, SC. I think it's called Carolina Community Maternity Center.
post #16 of 17
There are plenty options here.. CNM's are the only ones "legal" to attend a birth but its your right to give birth where ever you choose..

I just had a beautiful home birth in April.
post #17 of 17

local homebirthers

HI, Marnita,
You can find stories from locals in the Hickory/Charlotte/Morganton areas by joining the meetup groups in the area. There is one that meets regularly in Hickory and Charlotte, and my homebirthed and homebirthing daughter is a member of the Hickory one. She is also my steady assistant.
Lovely days to everyone everywhere,
Karen of BirthTender
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