The South Carolina House of Representatives: Stop House Bill H. 3731, the "South Carolina Lay Midwife Act"
  • Petitioned Representatives K.R. Crawford, Ridgeway, Parks, Henderson

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Member, House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs
Representatives K.R. Crawford, Ridgeway, Parks, Henderson
Chairman, House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs
Representative Leon Howard
South Carolina State House
South Carolina State Senate

The South Carolina House of Representatives: Stop House Bill H. 3731, the "South Carolina Lay Midwife Act"

    1. Jennifer O'Briant
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer O'Briant

      Columbia, SC

This bill would require licensed midwives in the State of South Carolina to have an obstetrician sponsor and regulate them in the practice of midwifery. This requirement would be a de facto ban on homebirths and licensed midwives in the State of South Carolina, as typically no obstetricians, and only licensed midwives attend home births in this state. It is a conflict of interest to allow obstetricians to determine the professional fate of those who offer the only alternative to their own practice.

Furthermore, defining licensed midwives as "Lay Midwives" and requiring them to wear badges with that title, implies that their clinical and didactic training is insufficient to provide quality care, and to produce positive birth outcomes. The term is insulting to the dedicated and experienced practitioners of natural birth throughout the State of South Carolina, and as such, is not befitting the consideration of bodies as esteemed as the South Carolina Legislature, or the House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

House Bill H. 3731 the 'South Carolina Lay Midwife Act', if passed, will deny the families of this state the right to make informed decisions about how and where they choose to bring their children into this world, and will allow a medical monopoly to deny the skilled professionals of the midwifery community in the State of South Carolina their ability to provide quality alternative care, as they have for decades.

To:
Representatives K.R. Crawford, Ridgeway, Parks, Henderson, Member, House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs
Representative Leon Howard, Chairman, House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs
South Carolina State House
South Carolina State Senate
I urge you to please oppose House Bill H. 3731. It will deny our state's citizens the rights and freedoms they currently have to make informed decisions about where and how to bring their children into this world.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Natalie Bernens FOLLY BEACH, SC
      • 8 months ago

      I am practicing nursing in school right now with a strong love for labor and delivery. I think a licensed midwife is fully capable of delivering a baby without the need of a doctor present. They can administer medicine and do anything the doctor is fully capable of doing if something were to go wrong.

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    • Eric Thacher POTSDAM, NY
      • 8 months ago

      I don't want Christian Science midwifes to be enmeshed in medical fears and beliefs.

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    • Latwanna Afflick CAYCE, SC
      • 8 months ago

      This is a rant to all the medical professionals and legislators in South Carolina who have anything to do with the Birth Monopoly (SC House Bill 3731). Leave our skilled midwives alone and keep your filthy hands off of our birth centers. Women have been pushing babies out of their vaginas without hospitals and OB/GYNs since Adam and Eve or the earliest days of the cave man. I am so appalled and tired of this nation getting carried away with their damnable “policies and procedures of the medical practice.” If you are going to push policies for pushing a baby out of a vagina, you might as well have policies for pushing poop out of our asses! Women in South Carolina want the freedom to have a midwife to attend birth in the privacy of their own home or in a birth center. It is no wonder that the United States leads with the number of Cesareans and the infant/mother mortality rate. The hospital is NOT the safest place to give birth and the countries with the highest rate of midwife-attended births also have the best maternal and perinatal mortality statistics.

      LEAVE BIRTH ALONE OR AT LEAST GIVE US THE CHOICE!! Women are starting to wake up and realize that just as we don’t need policies to push out poop, we don’t need policies to push out our babies!

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    • Monika Figueroa SIMPSONVILLE, SC
      • 9 months ago

      Women are entitled to decide which care provider to go to. It is a conflict of interest to allow obstetricians to determine the professional fate of those who offer the only alternative to their own practice.

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    • silica larkin GREENVILLE, SC
      • 9 months ago

      choice!

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