The state I live in has unfortunately has not only introduced a bill, but managed to get it passed into the senate. This bill would take away the rights of low-risk mothers to choose midwife-assisted births at home. This bill makes me want to slam my head into the wall, because the lawmakers who are sponsoring it were the ones beating the drum about how Obamacare would take away the rights of people to choose their own health care.
Is this a few scared docs trying to block midwives in order to protect their own interests? If this has been tried in your state, what was the outcome?
It looks like CNMs would still be allowed to deliver multiples, VBACs, and breech babies, but non-nurse midwives would not
Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City and a physician, has introduced legislation banning licensed midwives from overseeing the deliveries of women who have had C-sections. Senate Bill 1157 also would forbid licensed midwives from overseeing the deliveries of women pregnant with multiple babies or whose babies are breach.
The bill has an emergency clause, meaning it would go into effect immediately upon becoming law instead of the standard three months later.
Ward said she has concerns about the safety of allowing higher-risk deliveries at home.
“I’m a pro-life legislator. I see the mom and the baby as two separate entities,” Ward said. “I would love to preserve the choice of the mother for their home birth, but that child also needs to have a choice ... the choice not to die.”
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed the bill Wednesday. It now needs a vote of the full Senate before moving to the House. Because it’s an emergency provision, it requires the support of two-thirds of the House and Senate.
Arizona is one of 27 states to allow midwives to deliver babies. Midwives handle about 1 percent of births in Arizona.
During Wednesday’s committee hearing, Ward said she introduced the bill because of concern from the medical community.
“Infants born at home have more than a three-time risk of dying than infants born in a hospital,” she said.
She said under the bill, certified nurse midwives, who must have a master’s
degree, would still be able to deliver these mothers’ babies. It would just restrict midwives licensed through the Arizona Department of Heath Services.
Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Feb 13, '14
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