Last Monday, I took a beautiful notebook filled with your letters and covered in a photo collage of Where’s My Midwife? supporters and dropped it off at the Department of OB/GYN meeting. Also in the notebook was a letter asking the members of the department to change their policy requiring a midwife’s backing physician to be on premises while she labors with a patient. We offered to put together a meeting between the obstetricians at NHRMC and CNMs and physicians from Duke and UNC-CH hospitals where physicians and midwives collaborate. The next day, we received a phone call informing us that they had researched the policy and found that it was, in fact, “antiquated.” The department will vote in a new policy at their next meeting in February!
Congratulations! We have accomplished our first major goal, and we could not have done it without your commitment to the cause. But our work is not complete – now we must begin the task of educating the obstetricians in town about why we need midwives. We will also begin actively seeking out physicians who might consider setting up a practice here supporting midwives.
Thank you again for all of your hard work! WE DID IT!!!
President, Where’s My Midwife?