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.