Thank you for continuing to cover this important issue. It's not simply about 'where to have a baby', it's about human rights and small business as well.
This is about women having options asto where she has her baby! Charleston birthplace is an awesome group of ladies and I had the best birth there almost a year ago. We want options other than just the hospital!! Not to mention they are cheaper and better for low risk healthy pregnancies.
Get the word out! Interestingly enough a woman can CHOOSE to abort her unborn baby but is now facing loosing the right of where she can CHOOSE to give birth to him/her.
Charleston Birth Place provides exceptional service to the families they care for. These women are certified nurse midwives with extensive training and experience in low-risk birth. As a woman who chose to labor naturally without drugs or medical intervention, CBP provided a safe, comfortable, and affordable setting for my daughter's birth. I had a very long labor, which in a traditional hospital setting, would have increased my chances of being put on Pitocin, which easily leads to an epidural and possibly even a C-section. As women, and humans, we have an inherent right to choose how and where we birth our babies. Without Charleston Birth Place, my choices are severely limited and my right to choose will thus be taken away.
I'll give birth any where I please, thanks. That's my right as an American, fireitup. And I choose the Charleston Birth Place. We don't all want or need to be in a hospital, as the c-section rates at CBP are significantly lower, the care provided there is infinitely better than anything I could get at a hospital during a pregnancy and labor that is free from complications, and it costs thousands less. Responsibly run birth centers like CBP provide an important service for families, and we all deserve the right to choose that experience. This reinterpretation by DHEC is simply a measure to cover their butts because one center slipped through the cracks, and instead of doing any common sense research into the practices at individual birth centers they are simply issuing a blanket shutdown so they don't have to do any real work. This regulation needs to be changed, and birth centers held to national accreditation standards-just like those followed at CBP. #savecbp
really shocked we outranked Savannah.
SCAD covers so much of their downtown, swarms of fixies
and beards everywhere a lot more than charleston
Thank you so much for writing this story and helping to spread the word about this important issue! To the fellow tired of the story..... we arent going to sit down, we arent going to shut up! this is important for us as well as our children as well as every woman and every father and parents to-be! They need to know they have options. SAFE options!!! So listen up and try to realize what we are doing here!!!!
Thanks for your coverage of this important story. I'm following this awful turn of events from New Hampshire.
We used to live in Aiken County and drove two hours to deliver our first child at CBP. I can't even describe how important and life changing it was for my family that we were able to have this quality of care. We have nothing but the highest praise for Leslie and her entire staff. I'm sure it's frightening for Lowcountry (and SC) moms that this option may be taken away, especially mothers who are due in the coming weeks.
It's a complete shame that the birth center, midwives and families have to find time, energy and money to focus on battling DHEC. The midwives should be left to do what they to best - help families navigate the normal life event of birth. They compassionately bring babies into this world safely daily and their numbers show just how damn good they are.
Thank you for reporting! It's so important to get the truth out about what an amazing choice CBP is for women. Knowledge is key, and choice in childbirth is necessary. I, for one, have had children in the hospital and at the birth center. I felt safe at CBP! I have full trust in the midwives, and the level of care I received was top notch. MY experience there was phenomenal! My mind is boggled by this controversy!
You don't have to like or respect natural birth, but you need to respect women's right to birth where she chooses. This is America. The day that birth centers are forced to closed is the day that we fall back into the days before women had the right to vote. And by the way, every other American is NOT having a hospital. Birth Centers have been on the rise since the 70s, and just from 2007 to 2010, more than 15,000 women chose to receive midwife-led birth center care. There is obviously a need for facilities just like this.
This is the best place to have a baby, their care is first class, the way you are treated as a patient, information passed on, before, during and after delivery - they cover Everything. We should know - after all we've had 3 children born with their care. Our 4th,5th and 6th children! Each time was a completely different birth experience than the one previous. Yet each time the awesome midwives did an unbelievable job of caring for my baby, myself and family.
We've had 2 amazing water births and the last one was an unexpected transfer to Trident-even then the transfer went so smoothly, I never had to worry as the midwives never left my side and Dr Martin was right there when he was needed and Trident medical staff, worked well with the midwives of Charleston Birth Place.
They already have great procedures in place and making the proposed changes that DHEC are demanding is unnecessary. It is going to cost the patient more money and cause a lot of red tape and time wasting. Worse if it puts CBP out of business then it will limit the choices we moms want for quality healthcare for us and our babies. Please Stop this madness!
Special thanks to the Charleston City Paper for helping us with their honest reporting.
Thank you for covering this story! I had my first child at Charleston Birth Place, and it was wonderful. A level of care that is unmatched in a hospital setting. I should know! My second pregnancy turned out to be twins, and since their delivery is considered "high risk", I had to deliver them in a hospital OR. Although I know that a hospital is the safest place for high risk births, I still really missed the level of personal comfort and care provided by Charleston Birth Place. The new interpretation of the DHEC regulation makes no sense, and does not make mothers and babies safer.
This situation is not just about the closing of a birth center. It's about a woman's right to choose how, where, and with whom she gives birth. In a time when we, as a nation, are seeking ways to lower c-section rates and have safer birthing statistics with better outcomes, birth centers should be praised for providing a much needed option for low risk pregnancies. This story will not go away until DHEC rights their wrong. It's terrible a baby died at the Fort Mill center, but babies die in the hospital, too, sometimes emergencies happen. The midwives at CBP are well trained to handle such situation and the best way for it to be dealt with is for them to be immediately taken to the hospital, not wait for a physician to arrive at the birth place to then come to the same conclusion as the midwives. DHEC needs to follow their own regulations and do a peer reviewed investigaton of the Fort Mill center and not burn all other centers at the stake.
I totally stand behind the Charleston Birth Place. They have an amazing track record that speaks for itself. Women should have a right to choose where they'd like to give birth and embrace the natural approach to birthing instead of being forced to have their own personal delivery in a hospital.
This story is important whether you desire to have a baby at a hospital too. It's an infringement on the rights of Women to have this old law interpretation in such a new way that will force birth centers across the state to close. I had to deliver in a hospital and have a c-section, and because of this, I will no longer be able to deliver a CPB because I'm of higher risk to need intervention. However, this right should not be taken away from other Moms. This issue will continue to come up!! DHEC has made a lot of Mom's upset, and when you intervene with what a Mom thinks is best for their child then you have a big problem! The statistics are there folks - natural births save lives and are healthy! Pregnancy is not an illness, and most women do not need a doctor! I urge all to keep listening and educate yourself on this matter. A very important right is being taken away. I believe that DHEC knows that this new interpretation would be too costly for birth center's to stay open, and they do not care.
Cause hipsters are reading Travel & Leisure......
And to the person asking us to have our babies in hospitals, do you have children? Are you a woman? We have the right as healthy, low-risk mothers to delivery where we deem fit! The Charleston Birth Place is above and beyond fit!
Birth centers are an option I wish I had when my children were born. For low risk women, which is the target group, having a baby at a birth center is lower cost financially, as well as safer than the typical hospital birth with the ever increasing csection rates, that start with ahost of medically uunnecessary interventions. Education is the key toresolving this situation, not more regulation.
Thank you so much, City Paper, for sharing our story and our fight for our right as mothers! The Charleston Birth Place is the most special place on Earth to me! My daughter was born there drug-free via water birth on July 4th of this year and I intend on laboring and delivery all my future children there as well. I took comfort in knowing CBP's protocol for emergency situations and that the hospital is only 5 minutes from the center. They informed me of every possible situation if anything were to go wrong. Please continue to follow our story as we all fight to keep a place that is so dear to us alive! "What the heck, DHEC?!"
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