Certified midwives could practice without the supervision of a physician in North Carolina under a bill making its way through the House.
Prosecutors are waiting for a medical examiner's report that could say whether delivery by unlicensed midwives contributed to the death of a baby born at home.
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.
One Wilmington group is expanding its midwifery practice. The South East Area Health Education Center, or SEAHEC, announced Thursday that Susan Carney will join its team.