Crisis averted in midwifery dispute

June 8, 2012 3:04:09 PM PDT
Some certified nurse midwives who found themselves unable to practice are now breathing a sigh of relief.

The midwives were in limbo after their supervising physicians suddenly dropped them but a new grace period policy in giving them hope. However, the fight for those wanting homebirths might not be over yet.

Last week, Certified Nurse Midwife Nancy Harman's future was up on the air when her supervising physician suddenly dropped her, which left her unable to legally practice in North Carolina.

"I'm a person of faith and I think everything happens for a reason and hopefully that reason is a very powerful outcome but at the time, it was catastrophic," said Harman.

Thursday, Harman and the other seven midwives who were dropped by their supervising physicians, heard about a new policy that was approved. That policy allows them to continue to practice for up to 75 days while they search for another doctor.

"It's been remarkable over the last couple of days how well the Board of Medicine and the Board of Nursing and the Joint Midwifery Committee have worked together in order to come up with a short term solution," said Harman. "So what we need to do is build on that."

One option, according to Harman, is to allow certified nurse midwives to get licensed independently as long as they continue to maintain working relationships with physicians and specialists.

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