Our collective voice speaks the loudest. We believe:
- Every woman deserves the right to choose as her primary care provider a midwife who follows the Midwives Model of Care.
- Midwives are highly trained professionals who can provide the full scope of women’s health care.
- Because Vidant Health / The Outer Banks Hospital and its affiliate practice no longer offer this choice, pregnant women are being forced to leave the Outer Banks and travel great distance to give birth with Certified Nurse-Midwives.
The Call to Action is this: Tell Vidant Health / The Outer Banks Hospital we want local Midwives.
*Deadline for letters is December 17, 2012*
Email your personal letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your letter to:
Bring Back the Midwives • PO Box 875 • Nags Head, NC 27959
- The best letters are short (not more than one page) and courteous. They can be handwritten or typed.
- Identify yourself as a resident of the Outer Banks (include your name and address).
- Clearly identify the issue (lack of midwifery care).
- State what you want done (immediately hire experienced Certified-Nurse Midwives).
- Personalize your letter. Include a sentence or two about your personal experience with the issue or a sentence or two about the local impact of the issue in question. **Include a photo of your baby or your family.**
- Be sure to thank the recipient for their attention.
- Be sure to sign your letter.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I was absolutely certain that I wanted a midwife’s care because of the midwifery ideology that birth is a natural event that does not require unnecessary intervention. Luckily, at that time in 2004 there was a midwife working in Dare County and I was able to give birth to my son with her assistance at Outer Banks Hospital. However in 2007 when I was pregnant with my daughter, I did not have the option of a midwife’s care in Dare County. For that reason, I chose to receive midwifery care in Virginia and chose not to give birth at Outer Banks Hospital. I know many women who feel the same way I do and who have left Dare County for their midwifery care and birth experiences. My natural child-birth experiences with my midwives were the most empowering and precious moments of life. I feel strongly that Dare County families need midwifery services.–Molly Harrison, Nags Head NC
To whom it may concern,
I am a local resident of the Outer Banks and was sadden to know there were no midwife options when I was pregnant with my second child. I believe families should have choices regarding prenatal and women’s health care. I used a midwife for the birth of both my children and strongly support Dare County in hiring a midwife in our community. Midwives offer an aspect of health care that both doctors and nurses do not. I believe that if midwives, doctors, and nurses worked together as a team, the relationship would benefit and strengthen all involved. For families that choose a midwife this would mean they could receive care in their own community.
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Use your voice!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
And if you haven’t signed the petition, please sign today! http://www.change.org/petitions/vidant-health-outer-banks-hospital-bring-back-the-midwives