I recently had a childbirth instructor from South Carolina contact me concerning the possible closure of South Carolina birthing centers due to new interpretations of regulations regarding physician oversight.
I wanted to share what she send me with you. I believe strongly that change in birth and options for women and their babies will only come when we as women demand it and try to make a change. Below is more information and I encourage you to share or respond as appropriate and as you see fit.
The SC DHEC's new interpretations of the regulations require a physician to respond onsite at the birth center if a patient experiences complications. There has been no change of the regulation just the interpretation. Charleston Birth Place received a letter from DHEC on Saturday (the Saturday before Thanksgiving!) citing them for failure to comply with birth center regulations. They have 15 days to respond. CBP will be filing a lawsuit on Monday asking for a stay on the suspension. Immediate enforcement of the new regulatory policy puts the birth centers of SC at risk of closure.