Michelle Lynn Wood 
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Re: “Over 200 rally for Charleston Birth Place’s survival

I had an awful birth experience with my first child that resulted in him being isolated for five hours after his birth. The hospital did not adhere to any of my birth plan requests except the ones that said no water, no formula, no pacifier. They would not give him to my husband until I was out of the recovery room and since I was put "under" that took some time. When I found out I was pregnant with baby number two, my excitement was overcome with an overwhelming emptiness and fear. I went to the midwives at CBP requesting a VBAC. Knowing that I would not be able to deliver at the birthing center, and that ultimately a C-section may be the outcome, the midwives at CBP took me in as a patient. Their goal, to give me the best birthing experience my body would allow. Dr. James Martin saw me twice in his office, but always allowed my midwife and I to discuss my options and my plan. I went to CBP on D-day to see if I would be able to VBAC, but unfortunately had to have another C-section. Dr. Martin and Lesley Rathbun attended my birth. It was the most awesome day of my life. Knowing that the midwives at CBP had my back through the pregnancy, regardless of the fact that I would have to have a hospital birth (due to regulations), clearly shows that their priority is in delivering healthy babies to HEALTHY mommies. My emotional wellbeing rested with midwives during my second pregnancy. Healthy pregnancies are essential in fetal development. If ever there is a baby number three I will drive the two and half hours from my house to CBP to receive the care of these awesome ladies. The five hour trips for the pregnancy checkups were worth every minute. DHEC should be focused on birth centers, but not in this fashion. They should be working with other agencies to spread the word about the pros of natural childbirth, birthing centers, midwives, and breastfeeding. The statistics don't lie. A birthing center offers the families a natural way to birth-the alternative hospital should NOT be the main stream as evidenced by the statistics of CBP.

Transfer in labor 12%
Emergent transfer in labor 0.1%
C/S rate 7%
Newborn transfer 1.5%
Emergent newborn transfer 0.3%
Maternal post partum transfer 0.8%
Emergent maternal post partum transfer 0.3%
Apgar less than 7 at min 0.5%
Neonatal mortality 0
Maternal mortality 0
Exclusive breastfeeding rate 80%
Total births to date >1,100

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Posted by Michelle Lynn Wood on November 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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