Midwife legislation discussed in Alabama Senate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – The question of whether certified midwives should be allowed to assist in homebirths was once again discussed in Montgomery on Wednesday.

A Senate judiciary committee decided not to act on a proposal that would make it legal for women to give birth at home.

They say midwives are a necessity.

Cassie and her newborn, Allie, were both born at home. Grandmother Karen Gable believes de-criminalizing midwives is far overdue.

Gable says after having her first two daughters just two hours after labor began, she knew she didn’t have time to leave the state to use a midwife and she didn’t want to go to the hospital.

Gable wants women in Alabama to have the right to use a certified midwife without fear of them being charged with a Class C misdemeanor.

Father of three Kent Gable says having an 11-pounder at home felt more natural than a hospital birth.

The Gables say looking at 4-month-old Allie with her dad just moments after being born, her family will continue to defy the law and use midwives in Alabama for each little miracle that comes along.

Senator Paul Bussman of Cullman had co-sponsored legislation to make certified midwives legal.

Similar bills have been proposed numerous times, but have never been passed.

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