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Resolution on Midwifery

WHEREAS the right of women to have autonomous control over their own bodies should be respected by other individuals and all levels of government;

WHEREAS the decision to treat birth as a natural process and not a disease is a personal choice;

WHEREAS Certified Professional Midwives undergo years of formal training and an extensive apprenticeship mentored by an experienced preceptor before being certified to work independently;

WHEREAS virtually all research, both national and international, has demonstrated conclusively that home birth under the supervision of a Certified Professional Midwife is at least as safe for both mother and child as hospital birth in low-risk pregnancies;

WHEREAS the Delaware General Assembly, by the passage of HB 194 in 2013, nonetheless effectively criminalized home birth for all Delaware citizens who do not belong to a particular religious denomination;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party of Delaware not only supports a revision of the Delaware Code to allow Certified Professional Midwives to practice again within this state, but demands that the requirement for a “collaborative agreement” with an OB/Gyn be eliminated from the statute in order to remove the virtual veto of the traditional medical establishment over the choices and prerogatives of the women of Delaware.
Jess McVay,
Mar 8, 2014, 6:09 PM