Hello awesome Mamas,
My name is Laura Donnelly and I am a CPM/ homebirth midwife in Maine. I fully support the right of women to UC and I totally understand the reasons why women would choose UC as a positive and empowering birth option. However, I also recognize that some women UC when they would rather have a midwife-attended homebirth because the midwifery licensing laws in their state forbid any midwife from attending them.
The midwives in Maine are preparing a bill to get licensed. Many midwives in the state have mixed feelings about this because we are concerned about women's rights in birth and women's access to midwives. In most states that license midwives, women's rights to access midwives are restricted. We don't want this in Maine.
So, I am looking to email and/or talk with women who wanted to have a midwife-attended homebirth but were denied that option due to state regulations of midwifery. I would like to hear your stories. I am looking specifically for women who chose to UC rather than go to the hospital. I would also like to talk to women who traveled to another state with less-restrictive laws in order to have a midwife-attended "home"-birth-away-from-home. I would especially like to talk to women who live in NH, VT, and NY since those are the closest licensed states to Maine. You can find my contact information on my website: www.WithChildMidwifery.com. And, if you live in Maine and are concerned about how midwifery licensing laws may affect your rights, please check out the Maine Advocates for Birth Choice on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/352680348173037/ Thank you so much for your time and I hope to talk to some of you soon. Happy Birthing!
I have been trying to go the ob route but simply can not take it any longer and just this morning made peace with my decision to uc.
I currently live in NH, homebirthed twice in MA once with a DEM and once a CPM, my eldest was born in a hospital with a CNM. Im expecting again in July and am going through so many frustrations I did not face in MA. They are pushing legislation hard in MA, I fear it is a mistake and insurance accessibility is the only advantage I see (and some ins cover it in MA anyway).My choice of midwife is not my first choice, now, and I'm pretty upset by the fact that 3 miles over the border is 3 miles into laws that prevent my sister-midwife from being at my side. If homebirth outcomes in MA were poor, fine, regulate midwives, but I feel the regulation here in NH has hurt midwifery and access to trusted competent midwives.
I feel I may better be served by my partner alone with plans to transport, rather than feel disconnected from my midwife.