We are planning to move to North Carolina (Charlotte area) in the next six months - and I have just found out that it is 'illegal' to pratice midwifrey there......so what exactly does that mean? Does this mean I will not be able to have a homebirth? If I do have one will *I* have anything to worry about legaly???? I am just so confused.....
It is going to take alot to convince DH to agree to a homebirth in the first place, and this added issues is not going to make it any easier (espically since he is an attorney)....
It's taken me over 2 years to get my husband to ok a homebirth. I wanted one with my first baby, but he was strongly against it. Leave some books in the bathroom that talk about how safe homebirth is (mark the chapters you want him to read).
If you have questions about the legality of midwifery or homebirth in your state, I'd check out the Citizens for Midwifery website (www.cfmidwifery.org). They have a table where you can see the legal status of direct entry midwifery state by state and also they have listings of people/groups to contact if you have more questions, like local CFM groups, midwifery groups, etc. Good luck as you sort this all out!
You may also contact MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) or NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) for referrals. But do realize that if you need to transfer to a hospital, you cannot bring your midwife with you. You would have to lie to protect her from "practicing medicine without a license" so make sure both you and DH are comfortable with that possibility.
Good luck and let us know how you make out!
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But, this can also cause trouble for a birth certificate, I hear, because if you list the midwife as an attendant she could be in trouble. So it might help to not mention you had a midwife, and list your dh as the witness and say you tried to get to the hospital but the little guy just flew right out like they do in the movies (because we all know how much birth is like the movies!
But it could be the only problem will be if something goes wrong, which it probably won't.