Hawaii Homebirth Community Self Assessment
In 2016 The State of Hawaii conducted a sunrise study on the need for regulation of midwives in Hawaii. Unfortunately this study neglected to collect data from the consumers of home birth services. Since 2014 bills have been introduced every year regarding licensure of midwives. Each year there are large numbers of testimony in opposition to the bill. The goal of this survey is to gather information about what goes into choosing a birth attendant in order to better understand the needs of the Hawaii home birth community. Currently, midwives practicing in Hawaii come from varied backgrounds and training. The proposed legislation which implements licensure would define specific training pathways. Any midwife who took a different training path would not qualify for licensure. If they continued to attend births they would be breaking the law.
I consider myself part of the home birth community in Hawaii because:
I have given birth to one or more children in an out-of-hospital location within the state of Hawai'i.
I am planning to give birth in an out-of-hospital location in Hawaii.
I had previously planned to give birth in an out-of-hospital location within Hawaii, but for one reason or another did not do so.
I am the father (or non-birthing mother) of a child or children who have been born out-of-hospital in Hawaii.
I am a midwife, doula, or have otherwise attended home births as part of my job, interest, or kuleana.
I was born out-of-hospital in Hawaii.
I have attended my daughter, sister, wife, mother or other close family member in one or more home birth.
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