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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Advocates for people who want to make home births more common in North Carolina are making their case for more liberal licensing rules to the General Assembly.

Members of the group Friends of Midwives gathered Wednesday at a rally as they try to change a law that requires midwives to be a nurse. North Carolina is one of a handful of states that bars non-nurse midwives.

The rally comes less than two weeks after a prominent midwife was charged with helping prepare a Rowan County woman for birth.

Emily Medwin of the Yadkin County town of East Bend was arrested late last month in Charlotte and charged with the unlawful practice of midwifery. She is not a nurse but has helped deliver hundreds of babies over three decades.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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