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Janice Hernandez 
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Re: “Midwives seek autonomy in N.C.

And now a break from the great debate for a mother's perspective: Imagine for a moment that you are a woman about to experience one of life's most miraculous events. You are about to birth your baby. You have been anticipating this life-changing day for the past nine months. Your heart is full of hopeful expectations of the gentle way in which you wish to bring your baby into this world. But now you find yourself, a healthy woman with a normal pregnancy, laying supine on a hard bed with limited mobility. You wish to get up and walk around, but that is made difficult due to the IV line and continuous electronic fetal monitoring. You desire a warm tub of water to ease your labor pains, but that is unavailable to you. You would like a cool drink for your parched throat, but liquids by mouth are prohibited. You might even prefer a cool fruit bar to appease your hunger, but food is definitely not allowed. As you call out louder, someone suggests that you might want to consider an epidural for your pain, even though your birth plan indicated that you wanted a natural childbirth. And finally, as you fail to progress in the allotted amount of time, talk of cesarean section is raised. Unusual? Not at all. And this is the plight of a healthy laboring woman in the hospital in the U.S.. Is it any wonder that more and more consumers are looking to out of hospital births? Why would the state of N.C. want to deny women, who WILL choose to birth at home, the legal option of a certified professional midwife to assist them in having their baby safely? I am a mother of four children, two of whom were born in the hospital in Wilmington, and two of whom were born at home in Wilmington. All four were natural births. However, my home births were easier, faster, and more comfortable. And, yes they were planned. My midwife came prepared with the necessary supplies, and she definitely possessed the necessary skills. I felt very safe in her care. My entire family felt secure in my decision to birth at home with this CPM. She is a busy woman. Mothers will continue to choose homebirth. It is time that we license my midwife and others like her. Education, accountability, and options are what will improve our birth statistics... not restrictive, fear-based legislation. Thank you to the Indy and Suzanne Nelson for an informative, well-written article.

Posted by Janice Hernandez on 05/30/2008 at 11:49 AM

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