home birth in Alabama?
Where does she live? There are ways around it. I live in Northern Alabana, many of us travel to TN to birth. I had my first in TN and my second in the car on the way to TN (that was unassisted and in Alabama, but an obvious woops).
There are midwives here. They are hard to find and underground, but they are there and are practicing a lot. It is not against the law to have a baby at home in Alabama, it is just not legal for a certified midwife to attend a birth, so the midwives are either not certified, or certified but doing it illeagly. I know quite a few people who had babies at home in Alabama.
A woman named Gretchen in Eclectic does home births, I think. In any case, EAMC is not really that bad for natural births, I don't think that they are into pushing for interventions if it is not necessary. There is a birth center that has water births in Columbus, if you don't mind driving 45 minutes. Also, there are a few midwives who are willing to drive to Auburn from Atlanta - just call around.
I am in the same situation, and it seems an impossible one. Fast births run in my family. I don't want to have my baby in my car, or on the floor of an apartment, as other family members have had trying to get to hospitals and birth cottages. This means my only choice right now, in Alabama, is to have my baby at home, without any help from anyone educated. The law here makes it to where only an un-certified, untrained person can help me give birth at home in Alabama. If I am to give birth at home, a certified, trained person can't help me? I have to give birth with someone uneducated in birthing? What a weird law. It is dangerous for women and babies. It makes absolutely no sense! I hope things will change soon.
Hi ladies - There is a bill up for a vote in the Alabama legislature to address this issue!!! If you can, please take the time call the senators on the health care committee and encourage them to support the mid-wife bill (SB314)!!!
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Also, please help get the word out to other like minded women in Alabama!