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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Advocates for people who want to make home births more common in North Carolina plan to rally at the General Assembly for more liberal licensing rules.

The rally Wednesday by members of the group Friends of Midwives comes less than two weeks after a prominent midwife was charged with helping prepare a Rowan County woman for birth.

Emily Medwin of the Yadkin County town of East Bend was arrested late last month in Charlotte and charged with the unlawful practice of midwifery. She is not a nurse, but has helped deliver hundreds of babies over three decades.

State law requires that midwives who help women deliver babies outside of hospitals must be nurses.

North Carolina is one of a handful of states that bars non-nurse midwives from delivering children.

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