A bill filed Tuesday would create a new regulated category of midwife. Currently, state law requires home births be handled by licensed nurse midwives under the supervision of physicians.
Sen. Thom Goolsby’s bill would create certified professional midwives, who do not have to be nurses but meet certain training requirements. They would be overseen by a new state council comprised of other certified professional midwives, a nurse midwife, a physician and a “home birth consumer.”
Last session, a bipartisan bill regulating midwives failed to make it out of committee.
Goolsby, a Wilmington Republican, calls the bill the Home Birth Freedom Act. It says people should have the freedom to choose the manner of birth, and that there are current insufficient midwives to meet the demand.
The bill is SB106.
Update: Goolsby tells Dome this evening: "My two daughters were both born with the help of midwives. I want to see it that certified professional midwives are regulated by the state and can provide their services to expectant mothers. South Carolina and Virginia have similar practice statutes. North Carolina needs one, too. Women deserve a choice to have their babies at home and receive proper care, if they so desire."