It has been six years since the Outer Banks Hospital and its affiliated practices have employed Certified Nurse-Midwives. Women are traveling out of Dare County to receive these services:
When I was pregnant with my first child, I was absolutely certain that I wanted a midwife’s care because of the midwifery ideology that birth is a natural event that does not require unnecessary intervention. Luckily, at that time in 2004 there was a midwife working in Dare County and I was able to give birth to my son with her assistance at Outer Banks Hospital. However in 2007 when I was pregnant with my daughter, I did not have the option of a midwife’s care in Dare County. For that reason, I chose to receive midwifery care in Virginia and chose not to give birth at Outer Banks Hospital. I know many women who feel the same way I do and who have left Dare County for their midwifery care and birth experiences. My natural child-birth experiences with my midwives were the most empowering and precious moments of life. I feel strongly that Dare County families need midwifery services.–Molly Harrison, Nags Head NC
I chose a midwife with my pregnancy in 2005 because of the time she took to get to know me, she was a partner in my care not the director. We made decisions together about my birth. She supported the fact that birth is normal. I choose a midwife today because of these same reasons.-Whitney Norko, Kill Devil Hills NC
Midwives are highly trained professionals who can provide the full scope of women’s health care. Midwifery care is a safe, cost-effective, and patient-responsive option that produces good outcomes for women and babies.
We are petitioning Vidant Health / Outer Banks Hospital to hire experienced Certified Nurse-Midwives to provide the full scope of women's health care as well as 24-hour, seven-day-a-week midwifery coverage for childbirth at the Outer Banks Hospital.
If you live in Dare, Currituck, Hyde, or Tyrell counties, please sign our petition to Bring Back the Midwives. Do it for your self! Do it for your daughter, your mother, your granddaughter, your sister! Just do it! Because birth matters!
Share with your family and friends. Please add personal comments and let Vidant Health / The Outer Banks Hospital know that we, the community and the consumers want Certified Nurse-Midwives back on the Outer Banks!
For more info on Outer Banks birth options, visit our website www.outerbanksbirthnetwork.com
(photo credit: Whitney Norko Photography)
Bring Back the Midwives
We are writing as concerned residents of the Outer Banks regarding the lack of full-time midwifery care in our growing community. Because the Outer Banks Hospital and its affiliated practices no longer offer this option, women are being forced to leave Dare County and travel great distances to give birth with Certified Nurse-Midwives at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, Women’s Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, and the Midwifery Center at DePaul Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
Certified Nurse-Midwives are highly trained, licensed professionals who can independently manage primary health screening; common health problems; and pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care for low-risk women. Midwives are an integral part of the health care team, providing safe, cost-effective and patient-responsive health-care that produces high levels of patient satisfaction and good outcomes for women and babies. The model of care that midwives provide is supported by the World Health Organization and The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.
We, the health-care consumers of the Outer Banks and the surrounding area, respectfully call for Vidant Health to immediately hire experienced Certified Nurse-Midwives who will provide the full scope of women’s health care as well as 24-hour, seven-day-a-week midwifery coverage for childbirth at the Outer Banks Hospital. Every woman deserves the right to choose as her primary care provider a midwife who follows the Midwives Model of Care™.
Our hope is that women will not be forced to leave Dare County to exercise this right. Thank you for your immediate attention to this issue.