The Charlotte Observer, March 2, 2011
Supporters of home births and midwives plan a rally in Raleigh today to protest the arrest of a longtime North Carolina midwife and to push for a law that would allow midwives like her to deliver babies at home. Emily "Amy" Medwin, 56, of Yadkin County, was arrested Feb. 20 for the unlawful practice of midwifery. It isn't the first time Medwin, who has delivered hundreds of babies since 1979, has attracted attention from police. She was arrested in 1998, although the charges were dropped when the complainant, a Mocksville woman whose baby Medwin delivered, declined to testify. Medwin's latest arrest has turned the spotlight on North Carolina's midwifery law and renewed the debate over who should legally be allowed to deliver babies and where.