How have they been in compliance?
"A physician must be on call and available to provide medical assistance at
the birthing center at all times that it is serving the public."
I support Charleston Birth Place and natural birth! Both of my girls were born at CBP. We had an amazing experience and received the best of care. The mid wives of CBP are trained medical professionals and their facility is adjacent to Trident hospital for emergencies. I encourage Charleston families to support this business and embrace its importance in the community.
Classic "just asking questions" non-sequitur, MustBe. Here's a question: why haven't you actually read anything?
They have been in compliance with the regulation since they were opened; the regulation does NOT require an on-site MD. The issue is whether an MD should be brought in before a transfer to a hospital or just attend when the hospital transfer is made. Their current arrangement allows for the CNMs to initiate a transfer if needed while the on-call MD can respond at Trident.
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It sounds like Ms. Templeton is confused. So, she's trying to confuse everyone else. She needs to step inside Charleston Birth Place for one day, and see the amazing magic that occurs. There is plenty wrong in our healthcare system, and I'm sure there are plenty of healthcare practitioners that DHEC could go after in good conscience. They need to leave CBP and these incredible midwives alone!
DHEC sent CBP a letter stating we were in noncompliance with the regulation & that we had 15 days to comply or be closed. So now are they backtracking saying that is not what they meant? If they are saying they did not intend for a physician to come to the birth center before a transport - then Charleston Birth Center is in compliance with our consults and transfers. Therefore DHEC should make an announcement that our licensure is in good standing with no deficiencies.
Lesley delivered my first child in 2006 at the hospital before she even opened cbp. Then Valentines day in 2010 my water broke a month early and instead of Lesley taking the chance and letting me have a water birth with a preemie she sent me to Trident and Judy delivered my daughter there. I was still able to stick with my birth plan both times and not have any drugs. They treated me so special and took sych great care of me at cbp and the hospital. Dr. Martin just delivered my now five month old son and he was an amazing doctor as well. I will always stand behind these women and my write as a mother to birth my child how and where I want too. The state and the government can tell us what we can eat and what kind of medical treatments we can have and also what type of insurance we will carry or be pentalized but they need not to tell us what we think is safe and unsafe when delivering our babies. Mothers instinct is best. Take back cbp. ...
Thank you for keeping this story in the news! DHEC needs to update the state’s current regulations to match the national standards for birth centers. Charleston Birth Place is already nationally accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Birth Centers (CABC) and is a member of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC). They are a phenomenal group of midwives who have years of education and experience.
DHEC needs to stick with how they've always interpreted the regulation, and if not, work with the birth centers and listen to them to gain clarification. If DHEC is truly looking to serve the public and maintain the health and safety of Lowcountry citizens, then they need to be working together with the birth centers, not trying to shut them down. Birth center care is safe and cost-efficient. It helps to improve healthy outcomes.
I'm starting to wonder why CBP can't just comply with the law (for god's sake, people, it says *AT THE CENTER*)?
If a speed limit around a school was never enforced, and then someone ran over a child, would any of you complain when the city suddenly started enforcing the speed limit?
There's ONE Comment! I don't like the PR*CK either yet I don't need some liberal canceling my medical insurance too!
Charleston Birth Place is in the ideal location. It is directly behind the hospital, and unlike many OBs, every midwife there cares for every patient. It's
I beg to differ with T & L on this one. We have waaaaayyyyy too many Tory Burch wearing, coach bag carrying, J. Crew styling people to be truly hipster. Driftaway is 100 percent right. Many more real hipsters in Savannah. SCAD breeds them like rabbits - as do most Art Schools - see Parsons and Pratt for reference. COFC students - no way Jose - too many annoyingly happy kids. Even our trendy little shops here - are simply microscopic versions of the real deals. Lush, anthro, spade - all too small to truly be a hipster shopping haven. Nah...not many real hipsters here, just lots and lots and lots of midwestern tourists who never get out of my way lately.
I had a flawless birth at the Charleston Birth Place! I believe the reason my birth went so incredibly well is because I was so comfortable in my setting there, I absolutely and wholeheartedly TRUSTED my midwife Lesley (or any other midwife if she had been on duty), and I could feel the love and welcoming radiating from the birth center to help me bring my baby into the world! I do not feel I would have gotten all of that from a hospital!!! Therefore, it is VITAL and CRUCIAL that these birth centers DO NOT get shut down!! They are so incredibly special for one of the most beautiful and important events of human life: the healthy birth of our precious babies! I want to give birth in this setting again and again in the future and so do many other women who are opening up to this valid method of birthing experience! Do not take it away from us and our babies!
I support birthing centers and a mother's right to choose to birth without an OB present.
I have a hard time believing that it is pure coincidence that at the same time with more and more women choosing birthing centers and midwifes assisted birthing, DHEC, all of the sudden, decides to re-interpret a law that has been solidly, consistently interpreted a different way for so long...
So, it makes me wonder: is it really that they are concerned with the mothers' and babies' best interest? If so, I TRUST they will find their consciousness, their ethics, and their commitment to what they say they are about, and do the right thing; ENCOURAGING and SUPPORTING birthing center that is, not threatening them.
For a very touching account of the Doctor-as-Deity professional dynamics involved with midwifery and the medical establishment, I found Michael Chabon's novel 'Telegraph Avenue' illuminating.
Our bodies, our babies, OUR CHOICE!!!
My husband and I never even considered another option except CBP. I was more afraid of the impact of unsafe interventions that hospitals often employ. We wanted to birth in an environment that would support a natural and calm birth. The midwives provided me with great amounts of knowledge and preparation as a first time mom. I never once felt that I was not receiving optimum care or that my baby or I were facing any risks. The staff is highly supportive, highly educated, and I trust(ed) that they would make the best decisions to keep us safe and healthy. Their statistics show evidence for that. A new interpretation of an old regulation is not promoting the safety of mothers and babies. It's taking away freedom of mothers to decide where, when, and how they will birth their babies. Where will it end? What will the impact be? (More interventions, more c-sections and the effects of that, more home births..?) #SAVECBP
Thank you for posting this story. I think it's very sad that someone would be working to put a stop to something based on one incident. After having a horrible birth experience in a hospital, I had two very wonderful birth experiences at Charleston Birth Center and would recommend it to anyone looking for a natural birth assisted by very professional and highly trained midwives.
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