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Midwifery is illegal here. So if I decide to use one when and if I conceive, what happens if I have to go to the hospital?? Would the midwife get in trouble for practicing? And do they have access to things like dopplers and pit for things like post partum bleeding (which I have ahistory of.)<br><br>
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We have the same story here in Indiana. I'm not a total expert at all the legal issues, but I will share what I have seen. There are several midwives who practice in our area. They deliver lots of babies and generally don't have any legal issues. When a baby dies in their care though, that is when the state gets upset with their legal staus. My friend and baby went to the hospital after their homebirth (too much bleeding with mom and breathing probs with baby), but no one gave the midwife a hard time.<br>
Most midwives do have dopplers and lots of other medical supplies. I don't know about the pit, but I am sure they have herbs and other things to help bleeding (this may sound gross, but eating the placenta after birth can help with bleeding, too). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:
 

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Good questions to ask a midwife if you can find one.She will tell you what she is comfortable with doing and how she manages problems.<br><br>
Now I am going to ask you to do something. Write a letter and send it to your state representative and senator, and probably a copy to the top person in the health department as well. The topic would be a question similar to what you have asked here- Why is midwifery illegal here in North Carolina? You could explain that in another state your needs could be served by a homebirth midwife and have some surety of education and standards( I would not be saying anything about using a person that is not legal) --<br>
just an idea-- I think that consumers play a big part in how things are done if enough people speak up then it is known that there are parts of the job they are falling down on...<br>
one way to look at this is say that there is an intersection on a road you travel , if there are alot of accidents on that road the state's job is to provide for better traffic control not prevent everyone from traveling that road-<br>
another example is we license a spectrum of drivers and vehicles from motorcycle to semis--- some are more hazardous than others but we still establish minimum safety standards and then permit the individual to make their own choices.---<br>
it is not up to the state to decide where you should give birth but it is there job to provide some form of permit/license to a provider.
 

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Here's a website to check out and a yahoogroup of midwifery consumers in North Carolina:<br><br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/ncchoicesinchildbirth/" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/ncchoicesinchildbirth/</a><br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br>
Katie Prown<br>
Legislative Chair<br>
Wisconsin Guild of Midwives
 

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Hi there,<br><br>
I'm in NC and I can probably answer some of your questions. You can also pop over to the NC Tribes board and post there for some other perspectives.<br><br>
Midwives are illegal right now, it is a misdemeanor but there is always the threat of legislation that will make it a felony. The midwives are currently pursuing legislation that will allow us to be regulated as Certified Professional Midwives and I believe they will pursue every avenue to make this happen.<br><br>
There are midwives practicing in many areas and most do so unmolested by prosecutors. In the event of a hospital transport your midwife will likely go with you as a friend or labor assistant. There is definitely the risk after a transport or a bad outcome that a midwife will get in trouble. Midwives in this state have a good understanding of the risks they take to serve.<br><br>
We do carry dopplers and instruments of the trade. What each individual carries will vary and you would have to ask during an interview.<br><br>
Visit <a href="http://www.nchomebirth.com" target="_blank">www.nchomebirth.com</a> for some really good information about the legal goings on. Writing to your legislator would be really great right now because the bill is about to be sent forth again.<br><br>
Amy
 
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