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PALM recognized at the SC Statehouse

Midwives gathered at the Statehouse today to recognize SC Representative Stewart O. Jones for his support of midwifery and the families of South Carolina.

Rep. Jones made the following statement from the floor of the House of Representatives:

"The Palmetto Association of Licensed Midwives provides resources to both consumers and midwives by offering educational opportunities and encouraging its members to strive for excellence under the PALM Gold Standard. Their passion is to educate women, families and the community on the beauty of birth and the strength inherent in women.

Consumers of midwifery care span all social, economic, and races.  While we might think of midwives as being rural providers, today they are just as likely to be utilized in our urban communities. 

As early as the 1930s, South Carolina’s public health officials recognized the need for formal training of midwives and established programs that provided midwifery services.  

In 1976, soon after the establishment of DHEC, Midwifery regulations were incorporated and have been licensed under regulations for the past 48 years.   

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, prematurity, low birth weight, and cesarean sections. 

Medicaid's Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative estimates that the use of midwives can save the state over $2,000 per baby."

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