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We're in WA now, where HB is legal (for now anyway) but we'll be moving in 2 years so dh can attend Chiropractic School. I've been searching online for a list of states where HB is currently legal, meaning a liscensed midwife can legaly attend a birth. We have a few states we'd prefer to move to, but I want to make sure HB is legal before we move. I'm just not comfortable going unassisted, but I'd rather do that than go to the hospital!<br>
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P.S. I'm really hoping for Missouri, our other favorite options are Iowa and California, and maybe a state on the east coast.
 

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I don't know where to find a list, but figured I could start helping you compile one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Florida is legal! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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In MO (Webster College?) only CNMs can attend homebirths. There are very few that do though because of high insurance rates. I was looking recently and saw two in the KC area listed at a particular directory. I assume you are looking at KC because that's where the chiro school is located.
 

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South Carolina has HB midwives liscensed by the state.
 

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Missouri is currently working on direct-entry midwifery legislation, Iowa is prohibited, and California is legal. This chart has all of the current information: <a href="http://mana.org/statechart.html" target="_blank">http://mana.org/statechart.html</a>
 

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We're considering 2 school's in MO, one is in Kansas City (Clevland) and one near St. Lewis (Logan). Then there's South Carolina, Minnesota (forgot about that one!), Iowa, and 4 schools in California. There are schools in a few other states, but we'd really like to avoid the areas. I would really like to avoid CA as well, but DH was born there and some of his family is there. Thanks, so much, you guys are quick as monkies! Keep the info coming!
 

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<b>...meaning a licensed midwife can legally attend a birth</b><br><br>
This is an important detail, since homebirth itself is legal in all 50 states. The states differ by requirements for attendants, not for birthing.<br><br>
State-by-state direct-entry midwife regulations are summarized here:<br><a href="http://www.mana.org/statechart.html" target="_blank">http://www.mana.org/statechart.html</a><br>
By "licensed midwife," do you mean that you'd like to hire a CNM for a homebirth, or that you'd be happy with a licensed DEM?<br><br>
State-by-state regulation charts for CNMs and others who may be hired to attend homebirths are more difficult to come by. However, such professionals are much more likely to require a birthing mother to travel to a non-home setting for their services.<br><br>
The legalities within each state can be very complicated. Some states allow attendants at homebirths except in certain circumstances (for example, prohibiting it for VBACs, or when the birthing mother has Type I Diabetes). Also, the legal climate within each state may result in a status change for attendants at any time.
 

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This site has state by state info regarding the legality of DEM's and CNM's:<br><br><a href="http://www.cfmidwifery.org/states/" target="_blank">http://www.cfmidwifery.org/states/</a>
 

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It is legal for CNMs to attend homebirth in NY.<br><br>
DEMs are tolerated - there are quite a few of them and I haven't heard of any legal actions being brought against them.
 

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PA - it's illegal - but there are tons of CNM who do home births and have advertised home birth services. So it's illegal on the books only really. I even know of one in Philly that has a doc's backup and does homebirths!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>...meaning a licensed midwife can legally attend a birth</b><br><br>
This is an important detail, since homebirth itself is legal in all 50 states. The states differ by requirements for attendants, not for birthing.<br><br>
State-by-state direct-entry midwife regulations are summarized here:<br><a href="http://www.mana.org/statechart.html" target="_blank">http://www.mana.org/statechart.html</a><br>
By "licensed midwife," do you mean that you'd like to hire a CNM for a homebirth, or that you'd be happy with a licensed DEM?<br><br>
State-by-state regulation charts for CNMs and others who may be hired to attend homebirths are more difficult to come by. However, such professionals are much more likely to require a birthing mother to travel to a non-home setting for their services.<br><br>
The legalities within each state can be very complicated. Some states allow attendants at homebirths except in certain circumstances (for example, prohibiting it for VBACs, or when the birthing mother has Type I Diabetes). Also, the legal climate within each state may result in a status change for attendants at any time.</div>
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the whole thing seems pretty confusing.this chart says il. is an illegal state but i had a homebirth with a cnm who had a backup dr.,ordered lab tests and even filed all the paper work for my daughter's birth certificate.plus it was covered by my insurance.and at the time she had an apprentice who was in midwifery school in il..so how can it be illegal?so confused.
 

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In VA it's legal for CNMs (but they don't usually do HBACs because of lack of doctor backup which they must have legally) and now it's legal for CPMs who are in the process of getting licensed and a few already have been, and they have very few restrictions.
 

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It is legal to birth in Iowa at home. It is ILLEGAL to be attended by a lay midwife, and I've NEVER heard of a CNM delivering anywhere but at a hospital here in Iowa. So, while not technically illegal for you to do, it's illegal for your midwife to be there if they aren't a CNM.
 

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I didn't even know that it was illegal for midwives to attend homebirths in ANY states. That is so sad. Why would anyone want to pass a law to take away someone's choice of WHERE they can give birth?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">the whole thing seems pretty confusing.this chart says il. is an illegal state but i had a homebirth with a cnm who had a backup dr.,ordered lab tests and even filed all the paper work for my daughter's birth certificate.plus it was covered by my insurance.and at the time she had an apprentice who was in midwifery school in il..so how can it be illegal?so confused.</div>
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Direct entry midwifery is illegal in Illinois, subsequent to an IL Supreme Court decision a few years ago. CNMs may legally attend homebirths and, as has been pointed out by others, homebirth itself is legal in every state.<br><br>
Valerie<br>
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In MA, a CNM cannot attend a home birth.<br><br>
Lay midwifery is not regulated, so if you're going to do a home birth, you have to choose between a doctor attending (ha-ha). a UC or a lay midwife. I used a lay midwife.<br><br>
Somehow, sadly, I fear the legislature will catch on to the fact that they omitted lay midwives when outlawing CNMs to birth at home, and make that illegal too. Sigh.
 

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If you looking at Kansas City you could always live in Kansas City, Kansas. Its legal in Kansas for direct entry midwifes to attend homebirths.
 

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Wow, thanks guys!<br><br>
Yes, it is sad that the law would take away a woman's right to birth where she wants (esp when HB is the safest place for low risk women), but it happens. They are trying to change the laws in WA now.<br><br>
To be more specific, I don't want a lay midwife, or a CNM. I want an L.M., as in a woman who completed 4 years of collage in a health related field, and then an additional 2-3 years of midwifery school where she was required to attend at least 100 births and have caught at least 50 of those babies. This is my ideal, though I may go unassisted if I have to. It seems like you can get away with more than the law would like to make you think if you just find the right people, but it is very confusing.<br><br>
I've heard a lot of women who go UC have a Chiropractor present because of thier knowledge of biological processes, and so since dh will be a chiro I guess he could sort of be my "manwife" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but I'd really like someone with a lot of knowledge and experience. My current midwife is a Naturopath and has been practicing midwifery and naturopathy for over 20 years, so I feel I'm in good hands. I like that feeling!
 
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