Thank you City Paper for the announcement and coverage!!!
CBP has asked on an ongoing basis for a meeting with DHEC administration to discuss the resolution of this issue. DHEC has repeatedly ignored these requests. Gov. Haley's office and other legislative members has ask CBP to sit with DHEC and work this issue out. CBP is eager to accept a meeting! Call DHEC, Gov. Haley's & your legislative representatives and encourage heat to be put on DHEC to work this issue out at a table and not in a court.
I am one of the Certified Nurse Midwife at CBP. Many Thanks to the Charleston City Paper for the excellent coverage of this issue. You were the 1st to report this story and the most accurate.
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.
Who would have thought in 2013, and after Charleston Birth Place has been open for almost 6 years, 1119 babies later that the issue of where women give birth in South Carolina would be a governmental issue. All I can say is get ready SC officials for a hell storm of Mothers, Fathers, children & babies to be on your doorstep with a force only Moms know the power of.
At Charleston Birth Place, we are 4 Certified Nurse Midwives with hospital privileges at Trident Medical Center We can deliver babies at the hospital if needed. Our consulting physicians (OB/GYN's & Pediatricians) are phenomenal. We are accredited with the American Association Of Birth Centers, which should be the standard that is needed for licensure in South Carolina. Accreditation is a rigorous process, where facility, policies, documentation, outcomes, staff are reviewed by experts who are here for several days. This occurs every three years. For those who are medical people, this is our form of JCAHO. Twice a year our CBP council which includes our consulting physicians, staff, TMC management review any policy changes, transports, outcomes and statistics.
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