Anna Boyd 
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Re: “S.C. natural birth centers could face closure by state regulators

I'm probably going to put myself in the line of fire for this, but the way the law is described, it sounds exactly like what the DHEC is "reinterpreting" it to be.

"The law requires every birthing center to have a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital, and it also requires that "a physician must be on call and available to provide medical assistance *at the birthing center* at all times that it is serving the public." "

That said, I 100% believe it should be reworded. I had a birth center birth in my home town and I think birth centers should be more encouraged. The idea that a doctor needs to go to the birth center to "approve" a transfer is ridiculous. When a midwife feels the need to transfer, you need to transfer as quickly as possible. The set up they had that was working just fine needs to be the model of care. Emergency at the birth center, call the doctor, call 911, doctor meets midwife and mother at the hospital. A doctor going to the birth center is not needed. Whatever a doctor might do, the midwife probably already tried.

Storm the castle! Tell those lawmakers what you want and give them a more appropriate way to read the law.

Posted by Anna Boyd on November 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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