Our choices of care providers in Wilmington, NC have become even more limited.
I received a called today from a student who began the echo, “Where’s my midwife?” She was phoned by a nurse who needed to reschedule her midwife’s appoint to that of an obstetrician. “Where’s my midwife?”, she asked confused. She was told that Carolina Ob/Gyn was dismantling their midwifery program. She called to ask if I knew what had happened. I made a call to the nurse at Carolina Ob/Gyn who had contacted me to teach their Natural Childbirth Class series on Thursday nights. Upset, mad and shocked is how everyone seemed to feel. I was told that Suzanne was no longer with the practice and Pamela was being phased into just office appointments. Being that Carolina Ob/Gyn is owned and managed by obstetricians, the majority of them decided it was not in their best interest to have midwives at their practice, especially not support midwives catching babies!
Where are we left as a community of birthing families with only one midwife, Mary McBride, CNM at Coastal AHEC and Women’s Health Specialties South with rights to attend to women in labor at New Hanover Regional Medical Center? There is little choice but to band together as a community until our echo becomes too loud to be ignored. Those of us whose lives have been enhanced by the nurturing care provided by our midwives must speak out now. Scream out, “Where’s my midwife?” Post it in writing on your car, your Facebook, your sidewalk with chalk, where ever families will see it and ask what you mean. Then tell them about the importance of personalized midwifery care. Let’s not let them take our midwives from us!
Is this a product of a poor economy, bad laws, ignorance about the true nature of birth …. what are their reasons? We deserve an answer!
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