Health safety advocates are working with the Oregon Health Licensing Agency toward reform for home births.
Oregon’s unique rules regarding out-of-hospital delivery have come under the spotlight following high-profile court cases involving infant death and permanent crippling.
Unlicensed midwives take charge in about 18-25 percent of home births, which account for about 3 percent of the nearly 50,000 births in Oregon annually. But that number is on the rise. Oregon is also the only place other than Utah allowing unlicensed midwives. “This problem will be getting worse and not better if we don’t work together,” said Melissa Cheyney, chair of the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery, which makes recommendations to the Oregon Health Licensing Agency.
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