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

The World Health Organization disagrees with the attitude of South Carolina's DHEC: See what WHO has to say about the quality, competence and health outcomes of Midwifery led care:
http://apps.who.int/rhl/pregnancy_childbirth/antenatal_care/general/cd004667_Wiysongecs_com/en/
I am a certified nurse midwife working in a hospital in rural Hawaii where we have no operating room, no anesthesia, and where c-sections and physicians are an air-ambulance ride away. It may take 3 hours to accomplish a transfer of care in labor, and yet our tranfers are made at the behest of MIDWIVES with no second opinion from a physician, except that we call to get an accepting physician at the referral center (who are happy to oblige!). We are a hospital, yet function very much like a birth center. This reaction that the SC DHEC is suggesting, that a doctor needs to come to the birth center to assess an emergency before transfer is made- it restricts and delays care! "Primum non nocere- First do no harm." When beaurocrats cross the line and dictate health care, they do GREAT harm. The question of the safety of midwife-led care AND care in Birth Centers has been settled by large scale studies from around the globe! Your job is to improve access to (evidence-based) care, not move your citizenry backwards! "He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him." Can we PLEASE stop reactionary legislation!?? Please! Come on South Carolina! Your citizens deserve better!

Posted by Katie Lentz Bussard on November 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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