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Birth laws Snow 1 child; Storybrooke, ME, United States 34017 posts
31st Oct '12

I know some states make it illegal to have a home birth. Any one know where I can find out if my state is one of them?

~~My Pet Wussy~~ 3 kids; USA 23722 posts
31st Oct '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Snotface♫[usmc]:</b>" I know some states make it illegal to have a home birth. Any one know where I can find out if my state is one of them?"</blockquote>




What state?

Snow 1 child; Storybrooke, ME, United States 34017 posts
31st Oct '12
Quoting ~~My Pet Wussy~~:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Snotface♫[usmc]:</b>" I know some states make it illegal ... [snip!] ... illegal to have a home birth. Any one know where I can find out if my state is one of them?"</blockquote> What state?"


Florida.

Naturally Alternative 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Lafayette, Louisiana 6014 posts
31st Oct '12

I know a girl who said she couldn't have a home birth because of the state laws and she's in Florida...



But I don't know where to find out. I hope she was wrong.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
31st Oct '12

Can't you 'accidentally' give birth at home? haha.




I don't understand how it's illegal to give birth at home, that's sad. :(

Snow 1 child; Storybrooke, ME, United States 34017 posts
31st Oct '12
Quoting M
Snow 1 child; Storybrooke, ME, United States 34017 posts
31st Oct '12
Quoting Kimber-Lily:" Can't you 'accidentally' give birth at home? haha. I don't understand how it's illegal to give birth at home, that's sad. :("



Right? I don't get it either. :(

linsα most, CZ, Czech Republic 30019 posts
31st Oct '12

I don't think home birth is illegal in any state. Having a licensed midwife can be, like in Alabama but its not in Florida.

Snow 1 child; Storybrooke, ME, United States 34017 posts
31st Oct '12
Quoting linsα:" I don't think home birth is illegal in any state. Having a licensed midwife can be, like in Alabama but its not in Florida. "


I'm pretty sure it is in NC.

linsα most, CZ, Czech Republic 30019 posts
31st Oct '12
Quoting Snotface♫[usmc]:" I'm pretty sure it is in NC. "


How is that possible to prove though?



When I was pregnant with DD I looked up every law and didn't come across anything about it being illegal, just laws against home births with midwives present. Florida and Georgia both do not have any laws against home births.

Dragonfly Lady Due February 18 (boy); Maine 16 posts
31st Oct '12

From what I read home birth is legal in 50 states, but it's the person you have assisting that is the issue. Check out Wikipedia to start.



http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_birth

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
31st Oct '12

It might be illegal for a medical professional to deliver your child at home, but they can't stop you from giving birth at home :)

Robbie's Incubator 17 kids; Pearl City, Hawaii 7031 posts
31st Oct '12

Home birth is legal in all fifty states.
Some states don't allow direct-entry midwives or doulas, but almost all states allow for homebirth with a certified midwife.



http://mana.org/statechart.html

♥ Maci's Mommy:) TTC since Apr 2014; 1 child; Dalton, Georgia 826 posts
31st Oct '12

I just looked it up (a simple google search) and it is only illegal for midwives to be present in some states. You can have an unassisted home birth in most states but it's about 10 states that say it's illegal for a midwife to be present because they cannot carry malpractice insurance in a home setting.

Robbie's Incubator 17 kids; Pearl City, Hawaii 7031 posts
31st Oct '12
Quoting {Stina} 27 Weeks♥:" I just looked it up (a simple google search) and it is only illegal for midwives to be present in some ... [snip!] ... 10 states that say it's illegal for a midwife to be present because they cannot carry malpractice insurance in a home setting."


You can have an unassisted home birth in all states. There's no law against it. :)