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.
You don't have to like or respect natural birth, but you need to respect women's right to birth where she chooses. This is America. The day that birth centers are forced to closed is the day that we fall back into the days before women had the right to vote. And by the way, every other American is NOT having a hospital. Birth Centers have been on the rise since the 70s, and just from 2007 to 2010, more than 15,000 women chose to receive midwife-led birth center care. There is obviously a need for facilities just like this.
SC has got 99 problems, but birth centers aren't one of them. I've seen so many ladies have beautiful birth experiences, and it would be an absolute crime for that to be taken away. CBP has been open for 5 years and had 1120 babies, so there is an obvious need for this birth alternative in the Lowcountry. Birth Center Care is just a different birth choice that every mother should be able to have, not disadvantageous or dangerous in any way. It is every bit as safe, caring, effective, evidence-based as anything that is being done in the hospital, if not more so. The message that DHEC is sending not just to South Carolinians, but to America, is that safety and a mother's rights don't matter. This is just wrong and should not be tolerated by anyone.
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