Thank you for supporting us and representing us, the people, Charleston City Paper. If you are tired of the story, then consider helping us support women's choice. Certainly, women can choose to go to the hospital and women should be able to choose from other safe options. The government should not support arbitrary and potentially dangerous regulations. If you aren't interested in women's right to give birth safely in the environment of her choosing, you are not required to read it.
Our country has a history of strong lobbyist for doctors and insurance companies. Combined these forces have shaped some of the options available to people of today. These options are not always shaped by research. Birth centers and midwives fall under this category. Research has shown that birth centers like Charleston Birth Place where Eliza, my third child, was born have provided benefits to mothers. Women should have a right to choose from a variety of safe, competent locations which feel best for them. I believe in accreditation in regulations, but the need to make sense and work. Eliza had breathing difficulties after birth. She was transferred to the hospital immediately and treated there. I don't know what would have happened if we had to wait for someone on call to come to the birth center and then transfer to the hospital. Please help us encourage the state of South Carolina to revisit old regulations and have them updated to support better health outcomes for women and children like using accreditation with AABC as a method
I think it is really important for all women to know about the available resources. My Sister 's House offers a great program, but it cannot be everything to everyone. Domestic Violence is a life threatening situation for many. Drug addiction is life threatening as well. It is important that both situations be addressed. If we want programs that can address both needs, we should address the people who can provide the public assistance to provide the proper medical staff and/or mental health staff to meet those needs. As it stands now our country has actively worked to reduce funding for victims of interpersonal violence.
Many women have used the services at My Sister's House either through the shelter, the support groups, or the court advocacy program. Many women will say that the program was helpful. However, myths exist that are perpetuated by abusers, well meaning uninformed individuals, and perhaps a group of individuals who were unable to enter the shelter or who were unable to conform to the rules of the shelter. The resource is valuable and necessary, but there definitely needs to be more than one resource and we as lowcountry residents need to advocate for more options for victims and evidenced based responses to perpetrators.
Hicks was always terrific for brunch and I've never heard anything but good words about their dinner. What a shame to see a good restaurant fail. I liked Uno Mas but they never seemed busy enough for their rent, and I haven't eaten at Sette in forever.
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