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

Actually, the Fort Mill birth center didn't do anything wrong. "Rupture of membranes" is nothing more than a more formal way of saying the woman's water broke. Which is a perfectly normal ordinary thing to happen during labor - labor frequently commences with a woman realizing her water has broken. It also sounds as if she was transported to the hospital within a reasonable time -- certainly faster than if the birth center midwives had been forced to wait for a physician to show up and recommend transport.
I think the background here is that SC hospitals want an obstetrician to serve as a "buffer" between them and the birth center, even though the federal EMTALA law (Emergency Medical Transfer and Active Labor Act) requires hospitals to accept and stabilize women in active labor who arrive at the hospital. I wonder what role hospitals and their lobbyists played in these unreasonable actions on the part of DHEC?

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Posted by Susan M. Jenkins on November 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

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