Elizabeth Hair-Estrella 
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Re: “Over 200 rally for Charleston Birth Place’s survival

http://vimeo.com/80306768 This is a short video articulating the current issue and ways others can help support CBP!

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Posted by Elizabeth Hair-Estrella on November 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

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

Charleston Birth Place serves the community and we can't see their doors close! CBP is a wonderful safe alternative for low risk mothers who want a natural childbirth. This "new interpretation' hurts mothers and babies. CBP has a C-section rate of 7% when the state of SC has a rate of 40%. This is a low cost safe alternative for mothers, babies, and families. CNMs also provide well woman care and care for life for any woman. CBPs statistics are impeccable. The care these women provide directly results in better outcomes for mothers, lower C-section rates, lower costs of care while healthcare costs are skyrocketing - why aren't birth centers being looked at to help defray these costs?
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
They have provided more than care, they have helped us become informed, empowered mothers. SC DHEC needs to change their regulation to align with National birth center standards - which Charleston Birth Place already adheres to and which is arguable more rigorous than current state regs. We need Charleston Birth Place #savecbp

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Posted by Elizabeth Hair-Estrella on November 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

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

My daughter was born at CBP in July of 2010 and the care I received before, during, and after her birth has been nothing short of phenomenal. CBP has a professional midwife staff at a fully nationally accredited birth center and needs to remain an option for all low risk mothers. The midwifery model, which is mother centered, ensured I had education, videos, handouts, numerous avenues of support as a nervous new mother. My appointments were never rushed and I was never treated as a number. My concerns were addressed at all times. I was attended during my birth, monitored constantly, but was able to move and knew I was safe in the hands of women who ‘caught’ thousands of babies. They had all the equipment available to resuscitate by child if necessary and a hospital a few minutes away if we needed it. Knowing who will deliver my child, since I had met all the CNMs was comforting. If I had to delivery at Trident Hospital for some reason I knew the CNMs had admission rights and would be right there with me due to their great relationship with Trident Hosp. Every mother needs to have the choice to have a natural childbirth in a professional environment where her wellbeing and the child’s well being are attended to constantly and she is comfortable. Birth is much more than just having a baby; it is the day a woman becomes a mother. From a strictly cost perspective, birth centers are a fraction of the cost of a hospital. Per the American Association of Birth Centers “The study, which included more than 15,500 women who received care in 79 midwife-led birth centers in 33 US states from 2007 through 2010, found that fewer than one in sixteen (6 percent) of participants required a cesarean birth compared to nearly one in four (24 percent ) similarly low-risk women cared for in a hospital setting.” The same study concludes “Because payments for care are nearly 50 percent greater for women who have cesareans versus those who give birth vaginally, study findings suggest that the use of birth centers also decreases direct and indirect costs to the US health care system. Given lower costs in the birth center setting, as well as low rates of cesarean birth, the 15,574 births in this study may have saved more than $30 million in facility costs alone based on Medicare/Medicaid rates, not including additional savings in costs of additional providers, anesthesia, and newborn care in hospital settings.”

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Posted by Elizabeth Hair-Estrella on November 21, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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