My heart cries as I write this. Today, in North Carolina, (which is a state where only Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are legally allowed to attend home births) the right for some CNMs to attend home births has been revoked. The Board of Medicine has deemed that one physician in eastern North Carolina that was signing the licenses of CNMs, can no longer do so. This is a sad day, because families (not just women), should have the right to choose where and with whom they give birth. With this determination by the Board of Medicine, many families are left without legal care providers to attend their births. The births that these families have envisioned and planned for, are now being encroached upon by a governing board that should have no right to revoke such a right of these families without just cause (evidence based reasons). Home birth is a safe and viable option for low risk women, and CNMs are highly trained birth professionals who have the right to practice. This affects many people.
While this issue may not be near and dear to your heart, as it is to mine, I would like to request that you, as my blog followers, and those who may be new to my blog, take some form of action. I will post several suggestions of what can be done, along with a petition that I have signed. Please at least sign and share the petition.
Petition (Please sign and share): http://www.change.org/petitions/north-carolina-medical-board-allow-physicians-to-continue-supervising-homebirth-cnms-in-nc
Several points of contacts can be made:
Business of Being Born (BOBB)
North Carolina Board of Medicine
1203 Front St.
Raleigh, NC 27609
Telephone: (919) 326.1100 or (919) 326.1109 | Free Long Distance: (800) 253.9653
Licensing Department: Joy Cooke, Director (Contact web address follows)
Public Affairs Department: Jean Fisher Brinkley, Director (Contact web address follows)
NC Governor Bev Purdue
Office of the Governor
Constituent Services Office
116 West Jones Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
Phone: (800) 662-7952 or (919) 733-2391
Fax: (919) 733-2120
Senator Richard Burr:
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Senator Kay Hagan:
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Contacting national news agencies to make them aware of what is going on in North Carolina’s families in the way of limiting their rights to choose where and with whom they give birth, is another great option. The idea here is the put the pressure on the North Carolina Board of Medicine to re-evaluate their decision, and to consult evidence based research and data concerning the safety of home births attended by CNMs.
I thank you in advance for your help. Any other suggestions may be posted in a comment.