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Midwifery

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Midwifery For thousands of years childbirth has been a natural procedure and for a lot of that time, new mothers have had help in the process whether from a relative, neighbor or friend. Over time the role of the delivery helper became formalized as a midwife. In many states midwives still operate, delivering babies in the mother's home or in an independent birth center. North Carolina law prohibits such practices and requires a midwife to be certified and operate under the care of a physician. Just across the border in South Carolina, midwives are free to operate more independently. We'll look at the role of the midwife and at a battle over North Carolina policy regarding midwives. Guests Russ Fawcett - Vice President, North Carolina Friends of Midwives Pam Johnson - Office Administrator, Carolina Community Maternity Center Damaris Pittman - LM, CPM: Midwife with Carolina Community Maternity Center, Fort Mill, SC Dr. Frank Harrison - Vice Chairman, CMC Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Representative, North Carolina Subcommittee on Nurse Midwifery Add and read comments