Birth center holds fundraiser with Holy City Brewing

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Department of Health and Environmental Control's mandate for all birthing centers across the state swings into effect on Sunday. But Saturday was all about fundraising for one of the most vocal birthing centers.

The Charleston Birth Place held a food truck rodeo fundraiser on Saturday to help raise money for the center's legal efforts as it tries to find a compromise with DHEC.

Officials at the birth center say proposed legislation in the Statehouse would enhance birthing center regulations, making clear what's required of them.

"We have a proviso right now in front of the House and hopefully it will go to the Senate next week and Gov. Nikki Haley's office to sign. It's a very temporary (extension) that buys us until July 2015 to come up with comprehensive, permanent language," said Lesley Rathbun with the Charleston Birth Place.

Rathbun says their initial legislation just was not going to pass before the end of the session.

She says one of the owners of Holy City Brewing, as well as many of the vendors at Saturday's event, had babies at the birth center and wanted a way to show their support.

DHEC officials say they must have a doctor on call within 30 minutes of the birthing facility.

The decision to enforce the regulations came after an infant died during birth at a Fort Mill birth place last year.