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NC Senate bill permits different midwives

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina Senate panel no longer wants it to be a crime for certain midwives who aren't registered nurses to practice.

The Senate judiciary committee voted Thursday in favor of permitting certified professional midwives who have met the standards of a North American registry to provide prenatal, child bearing, postpartum and newborn care.

Right now it's a misdemeanor to practice midwifery unless someone is a certified nurse midwife that practices under a doctor's supervision.

Bill sponsor Sen. Thom Goolsby says certified professional midwives can practice in Virginia and South Carolina. He says women who deliver at home are better served using a certified professional midwife instead of an untrained family member.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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