Protesters push for independent midwifery


WINCHESTER, Va (WDVM)–Protesters were standing in front of Winchester Medical Center to urge Valley Health to consider independent midwifery.

Those who came out said that they want options when it comes to birthing choices at the hospital.

Valley Health said that in order for independent midwives to practice at the center, the medical staff bylaws require collaboration with a provider that has a community clinic, and that the OB hospital group at Winchester Medical Center does not have a clinic for the care of expectant mothers.

“In order for a midwifery practice to provide safe and effective care, it needs multiple care providers and the support of a network of board-certified OB/GYN physicians to provide high-risk and surgical care when needed, as well as the ability of the OB/GYN group to collaborate with the midwife in prenatal care, labor, delivery and postnatal care.”

Winchester Medical Center

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