Conference Discusses Midwifery Laws
So, supporters gathered in Columbia Friday for a Midwifery Conference to discuss how to change the law. Lullabies greeted attendees before they got down to business to learn more about home births and the future of birthing.
"We're bringing everyone to the table and the same room because all of us really share an interest in what the future is going to bring to child-bearing women and for our children," said family physician Laurel Walter.
The proposed bill would let professional midwives who don't have nursing degrees preside over home births.
"Some people seem to think that it's unsafe, said Mary Ueland, a conference participant. "To a lot of people, it just sounds like a weird new idea, something they've never heard of."
Jayne Kinne gave birth to her some of her 10 children in the hospital, and some at home.
"I wouldn't rate the doctor over the midwife or vice versa," she said. "Both of them were wonderful birthing options, and it felt good for me to be able to choose who I wanted."
The Midwifery Conference runs through this weekend. In addition to Missouri, Illinois also is considering changing its midwifery law.