Originally Posted by Smylingeyz
I just moved to NC - before I moved I researched and found home births attended by midwives are illegal? Is this not true? I'm not planning on having any more but in case I ever did, I was figuring out what I'd do because I would only have a home birth.
It is not true. Here in North Carolina under the current legislation, only a CNM (certified nurse midwife) can legally attend homebirths. For the entire state of NC, only 4 CNMs are currently practicing in the homebirth setting: one in Asheville, one near the Triangle/Raleigh, one in Fayetteville, and another that covers Jacksonville. That practice is Midwifery Services, http://midwiferyservices.net
. Some birthing in NC choose to hire a CPM (certified professional midwife) underground, but many CPMs are choosing to stop taking clients until the legislation changes. And finding a CPM here can be difficult, as info usually spreads word-of-mouth. Homebirth is
legal in North Carolina. I just had one myself a few days ago.
But this state, sadly, is hostile towards birth options and supporting midwives. So many are working to make things change. Even if you aren't a pregnant mama, there are many ways to connect with other like-minded local mamas. If you'd like any info about what's around Jacksonville, I'll be happy to connect you with people/resources.