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I am usually a lurker but I'm coming out the shadows because I have a big predicament. Okay, my first child was born by c-section in Nov 06. It never should have happened. I was not in danger...she was not in danger, I just had an impatient doctor and I was not educated or prepared enough to say no. So here I am. I want an HBAC this time. That seems easy enough, right? There are tons of midwives that are eager to do those. Here's where it gets sticky. I live in South Carolina. DHEC Regs prohibit a midwife from delivering ANY VBAC, whether it's in a birth center or at home. I absolutely DO NOT want a hospital birth...BTDT, have the scar. So how do I find a doctor that will do it? Can a midwife come from say NC or GA and do it? Do I have to go to them? I don't know if I can ride that far in labor...
This is all so confusing. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Often times there are MWs that will go against the grain & do it. Both from out of state and some that are in state. T hey do risk prosecution - but usually only if the parents prosecute or if theres a transfer, another Dr finds out, and the dr pushes for prosecution.
In 99% of the cases, though - evne if things do end up in a transfer, and you dont "out" the MW - the MW is ok. You will not be held liable though.
Check around - get on motheringdotcommune and see if they know of any MWs in SC or that travel to SC. Another option - youre nto too far from TN & the Farm Birth Cetner is there - women travel from neighboring states to give birth there by the HUNDREDS!
I contacted my local ICAN chapter and that has been a tremendous help! I can't believe the overwhelming response I've received from those ladies. Things are looking up!!! I'm so excited. Nothing is set in stone yet, but I'm just so happy to have options.