I just read through the proposed draft of TN Midwifery Regulation. As a pregnant woman, some of the things that they will require a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) to do or have in place seems a bit overboard. I love down towards the end of the document, where it states the things that CPM’s are prohibited from doing, like attending a VBAC birth. Well wouldn’t that suck. A first time mom has a typical hospital birth, ends up with a c-section, since the TN rate hovers around 32%, and then ends up with very, very few choices on what she can do the next go around.
The other wonderful thing that they continue to propose for CPM’s is a collaborative care plan with a doctor. The problem with the collaborative care plan is that most doctors are unwilling or unable to provide this service to midwives because they are worried about their own practices and the litigious nature of our society.
Please read this, pass it along. If you know anyone that can help in state politics, please contact Carolyn Drake through www.birthwellness.com.
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