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Debate On Home Birthing in Delaware Continues

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DOVER, Del.- When a soon to be mom finds out she's bringing a new life into this world, she's faced with a few decisions. What the name will be, how to find the right doctor, even how she will bring the child into the world. In the state of Delaware, soon-to-be mothers can't have a home birth with a midwife unless they have an agreement with a licensed physician.

Two years ago, state lawmakers passed a bill that made non-nurse midwifery a felony. In order for the midwife not to be committing a felony, they must have an agreement with a licensed physician, which some midwives on Delmarva say is really hard to obtain.

Although some lawmakers are working to change this, some people on Delmarva are hoping the change comes soon.

"No obstetrician will sign a written collaborative agreement," said one midwife, Lori Serabo. "You can't get a permit to work because no one is, is willing to back up the midwife."

Some people in Delaware don't agree with the current law and believe it should be up to the mother to be how she gives birth.

"I truly feel that it should be her choice," said Denise Gooden of Dover. "If she wants to have the baby at home or at a hospital, especially these hospitals."

Richard Weinland of Dover also agrees.

"I think it should be the choice of the woman," Weinland explains. "They're going through the birth. I'm sure it's their obligation to whatever they feel is safe way to have it done."

Others agree with the law and think it's what's best to protect both the mother and the newborn child.

"I think the regulation should be in place with that," said Jermone Trott of Dover. "I think regulations for it is going to call an ambulance or going to the hospital or whatever should be."

We are nearly a month into the new legislative session. Only time will tell is change will come to soon to be mothers, or if this current law will stand as is.

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