Mothers Speak Up for Midwifery
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Mothers Speak Up for Midwifery

Date: February 6, 2008
By: Erika Navarrete
State Capitol Bureau
Links: sb1021

Intro: It's been a bumpy journey in the debate over midwifery but the issue still gained supportive testimony from two mothers at the Senate General Laws committee hearing on Wednesday.

Erika Navarrete (Nahv-ah-rett) has more from Jefferson City.

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The bill would not only legalize midwifery, it would also establish a board that will be in charge of issuing or suspending midwife licenses. 

Mother and family physician, Laura Baumstark, testified in favor to make midwifery safer by legalizing it and bringing it above ground.

 

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Description: "Those few physicians of us who understand midwives and work with them put ourselves at risk professionally and legally working with those families."


Expecting mother Susan Renoe said it's foolish and extreme that legislation has restricted all women to one type of birth.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Erika Navarrete.


Intro: A concerned gynecologist urged the Senate Pensions Commitee to consider stronger regulations on the bill allowing midwifery practice in Missouri.

Erika Navarrete (Nahv-ah-rett) has more from Jefferson City.

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Dr. Dave Redfern presented the need for an agreement between midwives and physicians to properly care for life threatening complications that arise without warning during birth.

He also urged the committee to mandate liability insurance for midwives.

The importance of the mandate was prompted by a recent case in Ohio. 

 

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Description: "The patient, however, returned to the midwife had a home birth had complications relating to the size of the baby, was subsequently transferred to the hospital where the baby had profound neurologic damamge. The midwife didn't have insurance, the physician did.

Redfern noted the need for the protection of Mennonite and Amish communities whose religions forbid them from using hospitals.

From the state capitol, I'm Erika Navarrete.