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New Birth Right Bill To Regulate Home Births in Hawaii

By Fredrica Syren:

A heated debate over the safety of home birth in Hawaii has been sparked by SB 2569. Since its introduction last week, women have gone to Hawaii’s State Capitol to protest it. The bill is aimed at regulating home births and creating more state control of the traditional healing community in Hawaii. The bill is said to make it safer for women and their footprints.aspxbabies, and is being backed by more than half the state senate.

Under the new bill, midwives have to be licensed. A board would be created, with rules, the responsibility to investigate complaints, and the ability to take disciplinary action if needed. It also would limit home births to those with low-risk pregnancies only.

The problem is that, in Hawaii, home birth is considered a sacred practice and, for many, a spiritual one. Trying to combine that with state regulations is tricky, and many feel that regulating home birth might cause more harm than good.

Opponents of the bill say it is based on incorrect information and that it falsely claims that regulations would make home birth safer. They also fear that this bill will cause some women to go underground to have their babies in secret and that can be more of a concern. Women say the bill violates a woman’s right to choose where to give birth to her children.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as other backers of the bill, have given examples of home births gone wrong. They also say that babies delivered at home are four times more likely to die than those born in the hospital.

The bill is, as of now, not moving forward, and the senator from the Big Island wants to modify the bill to make it work better for both sides.

To read more about this bill:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/hearingnotices/HEARING_HTH-CPN-JDL_02-10-14_.HTM

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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