Mississippi Group Wants Midwife Certification Standards

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Mississippi group is seeking legislation to require certification for midwives, but the state Medical
Association opposes the bills.

The Mississippi Friends of Midwives says lack of certification standards is dangerous for mothers and children.

More women are giving birth at home and the group argues that standards of qualification would increase the likelihood of safe births.

The Mississippi State Medical Association says certified nurse midwives, who tend to work in hospitals, are better trained and that creating new certification requirements would lower the standard of care.

But the Friends group wants all midwives in Mississippi to meet North American Registry of Midwives certification standards.

Bills to do so are in committee in the House and Senate. The committees have until Tuesday to act on them.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    No one said you can't have your baby at home.A midwife who attended the delivery would just have to be certified.
  • by Buy more chargers on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:15 PM
    Big Brother at its finest. Welcome to "
  • by deb on Mar 5, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    one more step to taking away women's right to freedom of where and who they want to deliver their babies, but wanna make it legal to kill innocent babies in the womb!God hating world we live in:(
  • by Lee on Mar 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    Yeah. Don't want people to start getting medical care at home. The hospitals won't get to bill people to death
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