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Midwives versus modern medicineUPDATED 10:40 PM HST Feb 10, 2014Video Transcript
a new bill are afraid will happen if it's passed. Good evening, I'm Yunji de Nies. And I'm Kenny Choi. supporters say educational requirements for those who practice mid-wiffery are long overdue. KITV4's Brenton Awa has the story all new at ten. 16 34 100 An unexpected crowd at the state capitol today as dozens showed up for a bill about "Home Birth" -- and over one-thousand submitted testimony. The measure would require licensing for home birth providers ... Something that our state currently does not regulate. 432 - 444 - GREEN "I BELIEVE IN HOME BIRTH, I REALLY ACTUALLY LIKE IT AS A PRINCIPLE FOR US IN OUR STATE, IT'S A TRADITIONAL PILLAR OF OUR STATE HEALTH PROGRAM BUT IT'S GOT TO BE DONE SAFELY FOR MOM'S AND BABIES AND THAT'S WHAT THE BILLS ABOUT." Clare Loprinzi's been a midwife for more than 40-years and says this bill would put an end to the practice. 3503 - OPPOSE "IF YOU'RE GOING TO PUT THE ACOG OR THE MEDICAL BOARD GOVERNING US, WERE ALL GOING TO BE , ITS NOT GOING TO WORK." Loprinzi says Certified Professional Midwifes already follow strict standards of practice. 1912 - OPPOSE "EVERY SINGLE PRACTITIONER KNOWS THEY HAVE THE WEIGHT OF THAT BABY OR THAT MOM, IT'S A HUGE KULEANA. THE TRADITIONAL MID-WIVES, WE ARE BORN INTO THIS." But supporters of the bill say that training is crutial. 3014 - SUPPORTER "BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN COMPLICATED CASES OF PLANNED HOME BIRTH THAT GET TRANSFERRED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SOMETIMES VERY TRAGIC OUTCOMES WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SOLUTION." Lori Kamemoto says she knows of four cases where planned home birth went bad in the past two months... Up until this meeting -- both sides haven't been able to work together -- something that might change. 3317 - SUPPORTER "I'M REALLY GLAD THAT SENATOR GREEN AND THE OTHER LEGISLATERS WERE ABLE TO HEAR THIS AND OPEN THE CONVERSATIO N." 625 - GREEN "AT THE END OF THE DAY I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S NO INCREASE IN RISK FOR A MOM OR BABY BEING BORN OUTSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL." Currently the state does not have data on home births -- that's something the bill would establish. But today -- that bill was deferred. Senator Green says a decision will be made in two days.