My friends and I were having ice cream at Jenis last week when a man came in, sat down next to us and asked for money. He was somewhat threatening and aggressive in his manner so we politely asked him to leave. We were gob smacked that someone would do that. This is the kind of stunt that people pull in big cities, not here.
Thank you for covering this issue once again. H.5002 seeks not just to change birth center regulations to suit CBPs purpose, but to enforce a more stringent standard of regulation on all birth centers in South Carolina. The current law is archaic, opens the door for misinterpretation and allows high-power special interest groups hassle a small business which provides a valuable and needed service to families seeking a natural-birth option. CBP births are attended by certifies nurse-midwives and skilled nurses capable of providing emergency assistance and transport in the event something goes wrong at any time during the birth process. DHEC is being used by rent-seeking insiders with influential buddies to bully birth centers and should stand down; they are clearly in the wrong.
I am one of the CNMs at CBP. I have never experienced a group of women more committed to serving families than I have seen here. Every person here is dedicated to safe, compassionate and evidenced-based care of women throughout their lives. DHECs choice to enforce the law as it stands to require physician evaluation before transporting to our supporting hospital directly endangers women who need urgent medical attention by creating a barrier to potentially life saving treatment for mothers and babies. Choosing to enforce the law as written is paternalistic and effectively tells women that they are incapable of making an intelligent decision about where and how they give birth.
I know I speak for my fellow CNMs when I say that we consider it a privilege to care for the wonderful families who trust us with caring for them in labor. We are honored and humbled by your support. Thank you all so much.
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