Nebraska has finally managed to get the ball rolling on a free standing birth center. This is huge! this is beyond huge! See in Nebraska the laws are not so mother and baby friendly. Certified Practicing Midwifes do not legally exist, lay midwifery is also looked down upon, so for a nurse midwife to leave the safety net of a hospital is amazing.
As a doula I welcome this change and cannot wait to see the good it brings, as a person who would someday study midwifery it makes me sad that only a nurse midwife could do it, and as an educator it is a great option for many clients to have easier access to the birth they are seeking.
The Midwife’s place will be opening in the Fall of 2011 I can’t wait to see the changes it brings to Iowa and Nebraska residents!