Hi there people... As the creator of the pregnancy/post-partum group on this site and recent owner of www.lfrvfamilies.com natural birth and families is near and dear to my heart. I've studied/trained in birth work and occasionally work in that field...I'm also a mom.
I had my first daughter in a truly phenomenal natural setting, with a competent, beautiful, raw-friendly vegan midwife and doulas. My midwife became like a second mom to me. She's been around a long-time and she is a truly wonderful, skilled, intelligent woman.
It just happens that this took place in South Carolina, where a bill has just been proposed that will end the possibility of families choosing to employ independent midwives(also called lay midwives) who don't have their ideals tied to the back pockets of the medical industry.
The legalese makes it sound almost like it's just a few more regulations, but the reality of it is that many choices will become impossible and tons of natural, skilled, independent midwives will not be able to work with integrity or at all any longer.
If you think this is just South Carolina, unfortunately this not true. This type of thing will be popping up in other states near you. Please spread the word.
In this article I give a little more information and will update on what's happening with the bill, as I'm getting the word out and working with organizations trying to stop this complete b.s.
Thanks for reading and please share.