Thank you for covering this story! People need to know, and we all need to do what we can to preserve our freedom to choose where we birth, with whom we birth, and how we do it! Its a human rights and small business issue. DHEC needs to fix it, and issue an official apology!
The women of Charleston should have the option to have a natural birth in the setting of their choice. Charleston Birth Place has been doing a wonderful and effective job since they opened their doors. I was one of their patients in their first year of operation, and I owe them so much! The care they gave me completely prepared me for labor, expelled my fears of pain and failure, and helped me power through the birth of my baby when I thought I had no strength left. This is a rash and unnecessary decision by DHEC. They need to be held accountable for their reasoning on this interpretation. It was obviously made without consulting doctors and midwives, and endagers the lives of mothers and babies, not to mention taking away an innate human right. Shame on DHEC!
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