For the second time since 2013, South Carolina officials are investigating the Carolina Community Maternity Center in Fort Mill after an attempted delivery ends in tragedy. CCMC is staffed by Certified Midwives, including those who would not qualify for licensure in North Carolina. NC law wisely requires all licensed midwives to obtain advanced nursing degrees and to be supervised by physicians.
While the cause of death has yet to be determined, the York County Coroner has confirmed that there were no signs of injury to cause the death of a South Carolina infant. The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control is currently investigating the center for possible violations of state regulations.
Tragic outcomes as these are often avoidable when qualified individuals manage the care of both mother and child with physician supervision – and deliveries are attempted in a hospital setting.