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Bring Back the Midwives Petition Update

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Nine copies of the petition were delivered today to the following individuals:

  • Ronnie Sloan, President, Outer Banks Hospital
  • Robert Owens, Chairman, Outer Banks Hospital Board of Directors
  • David Herman, President and CEO of Vidant
  • Roger Robertson, President, Vidant Community Hospitals and Health Access
  • David H. Womack, Chairman, Vidant Health Board of Directors
  • Warren Judge, Chairman, Dare County Board of Commissioners
  • Anne Thomas, Health Director, Dare County Department of Public Health
  • Jeff Hammer MD, Outer Banks Center for Women
  • Daniel Dwyer MD, Vidant Women’s Care-Outer Banks

The petition packet included 433 signatures, 80 personal comments, 12 personal letters, and a bunch of “We ♥ Midwives” Valentines.

The goal of Where’s My Midwife? – Outer Banks and Outer Banks Birth Network is to bring awareness to a health care need not being met in our community. It has been over six years since Certified Nurse-Midwives with delivery privileges at the Outer Banks Hospital have worked with local families. We believe midwives are an integral part of the health care team, providing safe, cost-effective and patient-responsive health-care that produces high levels of patient satisfaction and good outcomes for women and babies. Women are leaving Dare County to receive these services in Elizabeth City, Chapel Hill, and Norfolk, VA.

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Call to Action! Write a personal letter to Vidant Health/Outer Banks Hospital today!

Join us and take a stand demanding local access to Certified Nurse-Midwives! 

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 outerbanksbirth@gmail.com or mail your letter to:

Bring Back the Midwives • PO Box 875 • Nags Head, NC 27959

 Tips: 

  1. The best letters are short (not more than one page) and courteous. They can be handwritten or typed.
  2. Identify yourself as a resident of the Outer Banks (include your name and address).
  3. Clearly identify the issue (lack of midwifery care).
  4. State what you want done (immediately hire experienced Certified-Nurse Midwives).
  5. 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.**
  6. Be sure to thank the recipient for their attention.
  7. Be sure to sign your letter.

Sample Letters:

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. 

Sincerely, 
Heather MacLean 
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


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Bring Back the Midwives

Did you know that it has been six years since Outer Banks families have had access to local Certified Nurse-Midwives?  We are concerned about this lack of full-time midwifery care in our community.

Why choose a midwife? According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives “the word midwife describes a woman who is “with women” at birth. Midwives practice under a philosophy of care that focuses on the specific needs of women, empowers women to actively participate in their health care, and minimizes unnecessary intervention”. 

Local women are traveling out of Dare County to receive these services in Elizabeth City, Norfolk and Chapel Hill:

“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

“I chose a midwife with my pregnancy in 2005 because of the time she took to get to know me; she was a partner in my care not the director. We made decisions together about my birth. She supported the fact that birth is normal. I choose a midwife today because of these same reasons.”  –Whitney Norko, Kill Devil Hills NC

We are petitioning Vidant Health / Outer Banks Hospital to immediately hire experienced Certified Nurse-Midwives to provide the full scope of women’s health care as well as 24-hour, seven-day-a-week midwifery coverage for childbirth at the Outer Banks Hospital.

Certified Nurse-Midwives are licensed professionals who can independently manage primary health screening; common health problems; and pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care for low-risk women. Midwives are an integral part of the health care team, providing safe, cost-effective and patient-responsive health-care that produces high levels of patient satisfaction and good outcomes for women and babies.

Our hope is that women will not be forced to leave Dare County to receive midwifery care. Thank you for your immediate attention to this issue.

If you live in Dare, Currituck, Hyde, or Tyrell counties, please sign our petition to Bring Back the Midwives. Do it for your self! Do it for your daughter, your mother, your granddaughter, your sister! Just do it! Because birth matters! 

SIGN HERE

Share with your family and friends. Let Vidant Health / The Outer Banks Hospital know that we, the community and the consumers want Certified Nurse-Midwives back on the Outer Banks!