Lay Midwife Certification?

By: Kelly Barfield
By: Kelly Barfield

Bundles of joy will come into this world everyday, and under Georgia law they can only be delivered by a doctor or a certified nurse midwife like Debbie Crews.

Certified nurse midwife Debbie Crews says, "We fought for a long time to become a profession, and within a professional organization you have to have your licensing, your credentialing, committee for discipline."

Several state representatives believe that the state should license lay midwives so that they can legally open their homes to women in child labor.

Eliza McCall chose Crews to deliver her baby. McCall says she enjoyed having a midwife, but would never want to deliver outside of a hospital.

New mom Eliza McCall says, "That's a little scary to me. I just feel like so much could go wrong and I wouldn't want to take any chance with his health or my own."

Even though it's against the law, in the state of Georgia over 400 women each year deliver their babies at home with only the help of an uncertified midwife.

Crews says, "We had patients that had hired lay midwives to come and labor them at home, and then we'd get a phone call saying that they had come upon a problem and all the sudden they want to enter the health care system."

Representatives want to form a study committee to do more research on this topic. A national licensing program is already in place and accepted by 24 states.


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