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Local family sparks conversation on classifications of midwives, licensing call to action

Local family sparks conversation on classifications of midwives, licensing call to action


MEANS. JENNIE: I’M JENNIE MONTGOMERY. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. JENNIE: COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON BEGINS WITH A DEEPER LOOK INTO THE DIFFERENT CLASSIFICATIONS OF MIDWIVES. WE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR TRAINING AND LICENSING IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA. BRAD: THIS COMES AFTER A RECENT TRAGEDY HERE AT HOME DREW ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE. HERE’S NEWSCHANNEL 6’S RENETTA DUBOSE. RENETTA: TWO BILLS CURRENTLY IN THE GEORGIA LEGISLATURE DEAL WITH LICENSING MIDWIVES. NATIONALLY, IT’S A TOPIC BEING DISCUSSED AFTER A LOCAL FAMILY BLAMED A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE FOR THE LOSS OF THEIR CHILD DURING BIRTH. ASHLYN CRUZ/DAUGHTER STILLBORN: “I DON’T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO ANY OTHER MOM UNDER ANY MIDWIFE’S CARE.” RENETTA: WE HEARD THE CHILLING STORY OF ASHLYN AND GABRIEL CRUZ LAST MONTH IN THE LOSS OF THEIR BABY ASA JOY.THE MCDUFFIE COUNTY COUPLE SAYS A MIDWIFE NEGLECTED TO LOCATE THEIR BABY’S HEARTBEAT ALONG WITH MULTIPLE OTHER CLAIMS THAT ULTIMATELY LED TO THE CRUZ FAMILY’S FIRST DAUGHTER BEING STILLBORN.GEORGIA BOARD OF NURSING LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION.THE CRUZ FAMILY TOLD US THEIR RESEARCH LED THEM TO A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE, A GROUP CURRENTLY UNLICENSED IN GEORGIA. CPMS ARE LICENSED IN 33 STATES, INCLUDING STATES SURROUNDING GEORGIA. THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGISTS ISSUED A STATEMENT IN 2016 SUPPORTING THE US MERA BRIDGE CERTIFICATE – A METHOD USED TO TRAIN CPMS. CORRINNA EDWARDS/CPM: “WE JUST NEED TO LOOK AT WHAT WILL IMPROVE QUALITY CARE FROM ALL MIDWIVES FROM ALL DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS OF TRAINING.” RENETTA:THE GEORGIA LICENSED MIDWIFE ACT–A BILL CURRENTLY IN THE HOUSE, WOULD LICENSE AND REGULATE CPMS.A MOVE THE GEORGIA BIRTH ADVOCACY COALITION IS NEEDED BECAUSE FAMILIES “…HAVE LITTLE RECOURSE WHEN THERE IS A BAD OUTCOME WITH AN UNLICENSED MIDWIFE. LICENSURE ESTABLISHES UNIFORM STANDARDS, ENSURES MIDWIVES ARE GOVERNED BY THEIR PEERS, AND PROTECTS BOTH FAMILIES AND MIDWIVES. IT ALSO INTEGRATES MIDWIVES INTO SYSTEMS OF CARE–SOMETHING SEVERAL STUDIES HAVE LINKED TO BETTER PATIENT OUTCOMES.” CORRINNA EDWARDS/CPM: “WE’RE LOOKING AT TRYING TO ADVANCE MIDWIFERY AND ADVANCE HOME BIRTHS SO THAT PEOPLE DO UNDERSTAND THAT BIRTH IS A NORMAL, PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESS AND IF EVERYTHING IS NORMAL, YOU CAN’T FIX IT.” DR. CHADBURN RAY/AU ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY: “A CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE HAS A HIGH LEVEL OF TRAINING AND EDUCATION, INCLUDING A BACHELOR’S DEGREE AND GENERALLY THEY’RE A REGISTERED NURSE.” RENETTA:CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIVES ARE LICENSED IN THE THE PEACH STATE. AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY’S DR. CHADBURN RAY ADDS THEY ALSO COMPLETE A MIDWIFERY PROGRAM AND TAKE AN EXAM TOO. HE ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO DO THEIR RESEARCH TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE GOOD CANDIDATES FOR HOME BIRTH.HE SAYS THAT’S TYPICALLY LOW RISK WOMEN WITHOUT TWINS, BREECH BABIES OR APRIOR CAESARIANS. DR. CHADBURN RAY/AU ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY: “YOU CAN HAVE AN OBSTETRICIAN- GYNECOLOGIST WHO IS VERY JUNIOR IN THEIR CAREER THAT WILL PROCESS THINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY WILL AFTER TEN YEARS AND THOUSANDS OF DELIVERIES.THAT’S NO DIFFERENT THAN A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE AND A CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE EITHER.” JENNIE:

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