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Effervescence July 2nd, 2009 12:50 PM

Birthing Out of State, and other state laws
This question would have seemed insane to me a year ago LOL. I am from Cleveland, which is a good hour or two from the state border of PA.But now I live in Toledo, which is just a hop away from Michigan. I am still not used to looking for something and having a location in Michigan pop up. I'd only been to Michigan once before we moved here, and now it is a daily occurance :) So it feels weird.

Anyway, when I am looking for midwives and birthing centers in the area (I'm NOT going to a hospital, but I would consider a stand alone birthing center, which is really why I'm researching it before I'm even preggers- I'm a planning person down to every dotted I and crosed T) and I'm really only finding locations and providers from Michigan! Don't state laws vary on home births etc? Would I even be able to consider a midwife from Michigan or is it out because of some stupid government thing. The only birthing centers that come up are in Temperance, which is actually VERY close to us. I wouldn't mind looking into it, but don't want to think about it if I can't plan to have my baby in another state.

Also, is there somewhere that I can go to get information regarding my state's homebirthing laws? I've heard so many things from it's illegal to they'll take my kids to it's legal as long as *I* catch the baby... I think there is so much misinformation out there, I just want to read the laws for myself but nothing is turning up on the net for me. (I don't always follow the law, but I like to at least know if I'm breaking one!)

_Brandy_ July 2nd, 2009 03:08 PM

Re: Birthing Out of State, and other state laws
I am not sure, I know that homebirths do occur in Ohio. I can see what I can dig up for you.

Ohio Families For Safe Birth

I do know that the AMA is trying to make homebirth illegal in all of the USA.

Effervescence July 10th, 2009 12:31 AM

Re: Birthing Out of State, and other state laws
Thanks Brandy. I still haven't been able to turn up any actual laws. I guess they just don't exist (which is most likely a good thing) Even if we don't go to the birthing center, our midwife will most likely be from Michigan, so it's good to know what laws there are.

Yes, I've heard that there is quite the movement to get homebirths to be illegal in the US. Homeschooling, too. What do people have against wanting to do things IN THE HOME, and taking care of our own families??? DH says that if those two things are outlawed, we will be moving to Canada :p

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