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?!"
Straight up, Glenn McConnell got shafted out of the Senate Pro Tem (Speaker of the Senate) job, which is the most powerful political position in South Carolina bar none. The Lt. Governor bit is a bullshit job and it's not utilizing his talents, so he should take the President's job at CofC that is obviously being offered to him on a silver platter. You know Glenn is NOT a rich millionaire and the President's job will probably pay him a respectable sum, so ....good for him. Make no mistake about it,, no one is offered the President's job, to be a Board Member or a Department Head job at a college UNLESS you can bring in the serious Fund Raising $$$$ Bucks $$$$ and Glenn has a proven track record of Fund Raising! Bingo! Your next CofC President is Glenn McConnell.
Thank you for writing this!!
Charleston city paper-- thank you for breaking this story. Your honest reporting and hearing the voice of the community is recognized. There is huge support for saving CBP ad our states birth centers -- this is a human rights issue-- about a women's right to choose where and with whom to birth!
Thanks for the article guys! This is an important story to lots of ppl, & those who don't care, probably should. Whether you are against water birth or not, this situation could potentially end in an infringement of human rights; the right to choose (where/how you give birth). For centuries women had their babies at home, only in the last 85 yrs or so have hospitals become common place; birth centers offer an affordable compromise b/t the two. You get the personal, intimate comfort of a home like environment w/medical professionals (in CBP's case, a block away from a hospital in case of an emergency), w/o the risk of actually being at home, foregoing the headache/stress a hospital environment can induce.
Being that I'm one of MANY due to deliver at a birth center in the next few months (btw, have delivered 2x before in hospitals), this story effects me & my family greatly. I do not wish to see my right, my friends & families rights, & the rights of thousands of ppl across the state violated bc of a new interpretation of a 20 yr old law to save a gov't agency's tail from possible hot water.
Thank you so much for covering this story, I hope to see read about developing details as they develop.
Thanks for keeping up updated on this…. it's far less about where a woman gives birth, and more about the state removing freedom of choice to give birth outside a hospital if a woman wants to deliver naturally without rushing or pressure.
What the folks at DHEC won't seem to acknowledge is that this new interpretation of a regulation that has been adhered to by CBP since it opened its doors is both absurd and DANGEROUS for mothers and babies. Dr. Martin, CBP's on-call OB, stands with the Birthplace on this matter, and fully trusts the midwives (who SPECIALIZE in childbirth) to decide when hospital care is needed in an emergency situation. And when that decision has been made, it only makes sense to go directly to the hospital immediately. There is nothing an OB can do at the birthing center that the midwives cannot do… if an OB is required, a hospital with its emergency resources is required. Why waste time bringing a doctor to the birthing center?
Why don't we trust the experts here, the midwives and doctors involved, and allow Charleston Birth Place to carry on safely, providing a natural, loving birth environment, as they have since they began?
This is an important story. At Charleston Birth Place, the C-section rate is only 7%, compared to SC hospitals where it's almost 40%. For a low-risk mother, just going to a hospital to deliver increases my chance of having this dangerous surgery rather than a natural birth. This is more expensive, and the recovery time is longer and more difficult. Mothers deserve the option to give birth in an alternative (and often safer!) location. The midwives at CBP provide that. It's the perfect balance for low risk mothers-give birth in a peaceful, safe, and affordable center...with the hospital and doctors only minutes away in the 0.1% of instances that are an emergency.
Thank you for the information and support of CBP. This center is a safe and successful birthing option for women.
There once was a martyr named Ned,
pounding keys till his face turned beet-red
Though entrenched in his folly
he remained know-it-all-y
'Cause he won arguments in his head!
The World Health Organization disagrees with the attitude of South Carolina's DHEC: See what WHO has to say about the quality, competence and health outcomes of Midwifery led care:
I am a certified nurse midwife working in a hospital in rural Hawaii where we have no operating room, no anesthesia, and where c-sections and physicians are an air-ambulance ride away. It may take 3 hours to accomplish a transfer of care in labor, and yet our tranfers are made at the behest of MIDWIVES with no second opinion from a physician, except that we call to get an accepting physician at the referral center (who are happy to oblige!). We are a hospital, yet function very much like a birth center. This reaction that the SC DHEC is suggesting, that a doctor needs to come to the birth center to assess an emergency before transfer is made- it restricts and delays care! "Primum non nocere- First do no harm." When beaurocrats cross the line and dictate health care, they do GREAT harm. The question of the safety of midwife-led care AND care in Birth Centers has been settled by large scale studies from around the globe! Your job is to improve access to (evidence-based) care, not move your citizenry backwards! "He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him." Can we PLEASE stop reactionary legislation!?? Please! Come on South Carolina! Your citizens deserve better!
One more thing about the JFK assissination. It proved that even the President of the United States cannot be guaranteed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Bravo man. Can you write an article about the guy complaining about the new development in Mt Pleasant "now people can get in for $250,000!!".
I thought getting the local paper would be positive.
Pretty sick of this story... Have a baby at a hospital, like every other American would ya??!!!
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