A Sad Day in NC

We had heard a rumor that the North Carolina OB/GYN Society had written a letter asking their members for home birth stories that had ended in a ‘bad outcome.’  Some even said the letter was from the NC Medical Society, the lobbying organization for the physicians of our fine state.  I didn’t want to believe it to be true.  How awful for the families who had made an informed decision to have their babies at home, and then suffered the loss of a child.  To think that their personal loss is being used to bully legislators into voting against the CPM bill.

And then, we saw the letter:

We are deeply saddened by this letter and angry at the ‘professional’ organization who would behave in this manner.  Families in NC will continue to choose to have their babies at home, it is time the members of the General Assembly of North Carolina gave us licensed providers to attend us.  The legislators of our state need to stand up to the bullying tactics being used by the NC Medical Society and do what’s right for the citizens of our state.

When will it end?  What’s happening here is happening all over the country.  The major midwifery organizations finally came together and issued a joint press release yesterday asking for a move toward supporting the physiological process of birth.  It’s time for the physicians to get on board, for the sake of all families, everywhere.


22 thoughts on “A Sad Day in NC

  1. That is NC for you. Over the past fifteen years since I have become a voter here I have watched much of I wanted done or not done in my city/state get out voted. We need to push for better education of those that cannot have the access to internet, cable television, no television, the illiterate who are unable to read the newspapers, and those who cannot afford the paper. With educating them what each law is about we can only hope that they make a better choice than what they have in the past.

    • Too bad we can’t get a list of the Society members and send our own letter! This is an insult. The doctors know what the scientific research method entails, and it certainly does not involve an approach like this!!

  2. I have been a labor & delivery nurse for nearly two decades and I am personally aware of a number of “tragic hospital birth outcomes” managed by physicians…does this ever get considered? I understand the need to address adequacy of training and individual ability to identify high risk births that should not be attempted in a home birth setting, but I do NOT understand the medical society’s perceived need to employ scare tactics. The best interest of moms and babies is what should unite, not divide!

      • This was my response as well Sarah and artemisshoots. The argument that addressing ‘adequacy of training and individual ability to identify high risk births that should not be attempted in a home birth setting’ is ridiculous because if that is what they are truly concerned about, they would be fighting FOR the REQUIREMENT of midwives at home births. (not that I am advocating that, but if that were their argument…) If they looked into the adequecy of training…they would find midwives, doulas, AND parents considering home births to be more informed than many a nurse I have encountered that is so numb in her routine as a labor and delivery nurse that she neglects to identify on her own or listen steadfastly enough to her “patient” to recognize the signs of an impending issue. (please note I have also seen/had great nurses, not intending to stereotype) I feel this is a smokescreen to then work on making home births themselves illegal and their reasoning will be “because their isn’t any “professional” assistance available to be at home births”. I guarantee it! PS. Why the “/’ around professional, as if they are mocking the credentials of midwives? As a “professional” myself, tho in a different part of the healthcare field,
        it is still insulting to see another profession ridiculed that way.

    • Could not said said it better. Perhaps a letter to the citizens of NC asking their “bad outcomes” with hospital birth, or negative hospital experiences?

  3. Sad outcomes at hospital births?anyone keeping track?sigh.I personally do not support licensing, but i support the midwives, (direct entry , CPM’s and the nurse midwife ,who i discovered just recently is as beleaguered as the rest.), and the mothers they serve unconditionally . i hate lies being told about them and rumors flying about their outcomes.It is a matter of the mother’s choice to chose her health care provider on every level. Making another personal choice unavailable to a family searching for their own answers to life is immoral . Searching for skeletons in someone else’s closet should only result in your own skeletons falling into view.How do we get access to the records of hospital births wrongly handled? Who has statistics complied of bad outcomes in the hands of the ob”s?

  4. I had 3 hospital births and 3 homebirths and hands down the best by far were my homebirths. I don’t even want to mention my 2nd hospital birth in a military hospital-TERRIBLE!!!!!!!(baby was fine) I was more informed with my homebirths than with ther hospital births.

  5. NC home birth families need to flood that inbox with the good stories. It is atrocious that a professional organization would send a letter like this. Of course you can make a point its bad when all you hear is the negative.

    • The sad truth is that most OBs are only aware of the home births that end in need for help or disaster. They never see the ten other women/newborns that did fantastically for the one set that needed to transport. So, of course, they have a skewed understanding of what goes on. I think we should definitely flood them with the good stories.

  6. I have to say that the most important response to this letter is to the politicians. Call and write. Make sure they know why women need access to CPMs and CNMs at home!

  7. I am a mother with two home births and one hospital birth ( my first) This is outrageous and scary too. I know my home birth was actually safer for me and my babies. The interventions by the hospital protocol, left me with a scar, vagina, and my baby taken from me.
    Home birth was peaceful, calm and very safe.
    they are disrupting family bonding and harming us in ways we may not even know.
    Wake up medicine-Remember do not harm.

  8. Hmmm… BIASED MUCH?!?! The NCOGS claims the best interests of the mother and baby have been the focus of their message… however the thought process behind their message has surely been more focused on the fear that they will be intervening less (and thus charging/making less $$) if CPM’s were legal. If CPM’s were legalized, the state could regulate 1) training requirements, 2) overall clinical competence, and 3) a database or registry of midwives with active licenses/certifications, making the public more aware & able to choose the best provider for them. (If this sort of database existed currently, it would just result in a ‘witch hunt’ for lack of a better phrase, and our situation would go from few midwives to none.) As it stands, the only “regulation” currently provided is handing out cease & desist orders and jail time… YES, JAIL TIME… to women who are providing better outcomes for other women. I have been a nurse for 5 years, and it is sad to see how much business and politics are involved in the healthcare community. So many times our hands are tied due to the business/politics and we can’t provide the high quality care our patients deserve; this is yet another prime example. Of course there are plenty of hospital births that have negative outcomes as well, but you can bet the medical community isn’t begging to receive more information on those… if anything, they’re probably blaming them on the mothers’ ‘inadequate bodies.’

  9. My first hospital birth was HORRIBLE and left me with a brain damaged child thanks to the neglect of my OB. He neglected me which no midwife would do , ever !!!

  10. Just sent them the lovely Canadian study “Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician” (Published in CMAJ, Sept. 15) which finds that “Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.”

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