Legislators introduce bill to license certified professional midwives

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A month after the arrest of a certified professional midwife, N.C. legislators this week introduced a bill to legalize the practice of similarly trained experts in home-based maternity care.

The bill ... would create a licensing board for CPMs and allow them to practice legally, as they do in 27 states ...

... The N.C. Medical Society has objected to licensing for CPMs.

"We have concerns about patient safety, the training of the person delivering the baby and the need for supervision," ...

Wilkins said he understands that nurse midwives and obstetrician-gynecologists have concerns about home births. But he hopes all parties can meet and work out their differences.

... "I'd like to find some common ground ...