Originally Posted by Rrrrrachel
It's not just home birth midwives, it's all midwives, so it impacts birth centers, too.
No, as I understand it, this particular incident only affects the homebirth CNM midwives who lost their supervising physician. The 2 NC birth centers were not affected by this and are still seeing clients and have been taking in the CNM's patients. The latest I've heard is that the Midwifery Joint Committee has given these midwives a final deadline of August 31st to find a new supervising physician... only one of the affected midwives has been able to do so so far and it's not looking good for the others. So right now, the only homebirth CNMs in NC that I know of are two in Asheville (who only do homebirths if you are in a 20 minute radius of Asheville) and one in Wilmington, and the only birth centers are in Statesville and Chapel Hill (plus the one in nearby Rock Hill, SC)... there may be a few other homebirth CNMs who still have a physician, but I don't know for sure. Anybody else know? If you're not in one of these lucky regions of the state, you're out of luck, as this leaves the majority of the state with no option except a hospital birth, unassisted homebirth, or homebirth with an illegal midwife.
The NC legislative session is now over for the year, and I don't believe the CPM bill ever made it to the floor, so it doesn't look like there will be any policy relief possible till next year's session which begins in the spring. Anybody know more?