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January 11th, 2012, 12:11 PM
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Back 6-8 or so years ago there was legislation proposed that would legally allow midwives to attend home births here in Georgia, but the measure was struck down and midwives still are not allowed to practice out of the hospital setting.

By refusing to license midwives as independent healthcare providers, has the state of Georgia violated my right to due process as determined by Roe v Wade and/or my right to privacy as determined by Doe v Bolton? Do I not have the constitutional right to decide where to have my healthcare provided to me and attended by competent personnel?
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January 11th, 2012, 12:18 PM
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I think you could have a claim to that, yes
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January 11th, 2012, 12:49 PM
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interesting... can you give me some more info about lisenceing requirements for midwives? I'll try to look it up when I get a sec.... also can you provide links to the ruling as sometimes the majority opinion and dissenting opinions can provide a lot of insight. Thx!
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January 11th, 2012, 01:06 PM
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Here's the certification process for midwives in Georgia. They have to work under a doctor, they can't have their own practice and can't deliver out of a hospital.


I've never been able to find the bill that was voted on, I had only seen that it had been presented in the news section of the Georgia Friends Of Midwives website. I'll keep searching when I get home in a little while.
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January 11th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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Apparently I'm too inept to post a link from my iPhone. I've called the major college with a midwife program and when I get a return call will get specifics about licensing.
I found this about the bill so far. It passed one vote and then died because it was never appointed a committee or something. Some kind of technicality.

GGA - HR 128 - House Study Committee on Certified Professional Midwifery; create

I'm still searching, will report more as I find more.

OMG I found the actual bill. And I found it by accident from a dead link that redirected me.

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January 11th, 2012, 01:55 PM
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I found this too.

CfM ~ Supporting The Midwives Model of Care

And I spoke to the director at the college who said nurse midwives aren't prohibited from attending home births, but direct entry and other various degrees of midwives definitely can't attend.

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January 11th, 2012, 04:17 PM
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I don't want to read the links (lol), but Yes, I do think that your rights to your birth are being limited by the laws in Georgia. If you want to labor at home with a trained midwife, and deliver in your own bed or tub, I do think you should be allowed to.
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January 11th, 2012, 08:40 PM
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While I think you should be allowed to birth at home if you want, I don't think it violates the constitution.
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