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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.

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  • Dave

    Amy Medwin is her name and she is a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife. CPMs are not currently recongnized by NC laws. NC is part of a group of a handful states that still outlaws the midwifery practice. This is a law that we believe needs updating for modern times, in order to give women the choice of where and how to have their birth.

    We are due any day now and will be assisted by a midwife, otherwise we’d be marching with them today….

  • Dave

    My bad, I guess her name is Emily “Amy” Medwin. Apologies WWAY, keep up the good work. Wheresmymidwife.org has more info on this grassroots organization with local ties….


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