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  1. #1
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    Unlicensed Midwife Epidemic in my town

    I live in a very "granola" town and midwifery/natural birth is a HUGE deal here. The biggest local Women's clinic has almost as many midwives on staff than doctors. Anyway, one of these unlicensed "midwives" was arrested for murder recently after a baby she was delivering died en route to the hospital. Local licensed midwiferies are "saddened" and are saying it could have been prevented if she were properly trained. But the community as a whole is actually rallying behind this woman and trying to raise $15k for her bail. http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...needs-our-help

    I don't think murder/life in prison is appropriate, but this woman (and others like her) should be stopped, and she should be held accountable. Here's a link to the original news story: http://www.wyff4.com/news/north-caro...n/-/index.html

    What are your thoughts on this?
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    My thoughts on this could fill oceans. I have been following the Rowan Bailey scenario with mute horror (even by pathetic CPM standards the woman was completely untrained, and she also worked as a prostitute). Succinctly, I hope they are prosecuted into oblivion. Nurse-midwifery, college degrees, hospital experience, prescribing privileges, malpractice insurance, transfer protocols and accountability or bust!
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    In the interest of full disclosure for my bias, I am a student midwife with intentions of beginning a homebirth practice after my certification and licensure.

    There are several states in the US that full-on prohibit direct-entry (read: non-nurse) midwives from practice. North Carolina is among the most notorious. Direct-entry midwives are illegal there, and as such, no regulations or statutes are in place to ensure that women seeking the care of a DEM are getting any kind of quality care. In other words, even after I'm done with five years of midwifery school, assist at 150 births, and pass certifying exams by the North American Registry of Midwives, I will still be deemed to have inadequate training to receive a license to practice midwifery in North Carolina because I am not a registered nurse.

    Any midwife worth her salt, DEM or nurse-midwife, must have appropriate training, certification, and licensure. Non-negotiable. You do not screw around with the lives of mothers and babies. Any midwife who doesn't think that's necessary is, frankly, an idiot. But if legislation is not passed that (a) legalizes the practice of direct-entry midwifery in the first place, and (b) provides oversight of DEMs training, credentials, certification, and licensure, then inadequately trained, unlicensed DEMs are going to keep practicing underground. We have ample evidence from history to support that, when women are desperate enough to keep within their control anything relating to their reproduction, they're going to seek out whatever avenues they can to get it, legal or not. If a woman wants badly enough to have her baby with a midwife at home, she's going to, and if that means she's got to use an unlicensed midwife, many will. The fewer trained hands there are to catch these babies, the more this is going to happen.

    I don't know enough about the circumstances of this birth to make a judgment call on whether the midwife acted improperly or if this was a circumstance that would not have been able to be helped no matter what. There are more scenarios that point to the midwife's culpability in this death than not, but I don't have enough data to say so or not. If she did contribute to the baby's death in any way, I would love nothing more than for her to fry for it. The death of any newborn is horrific, though, no matter the cause.

    At an absolute minimum, this woman needs to go down for unlicensed practice of midwifery and never. Lay. Her. Hands. On. Another. Laboring. Mother. Or. Infant. Again.
    Last edited by shyshutterbug; April 9th, 2013 at 02:35 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blade View Post
    My thoughts on this could fill oceans. I have been following the Rowan Bailey scenario with mute horror (even by pathetic CPM standards the woman was completely untrained, and she also worked as a prostitute). Succinctly, I hope they are prosecuted into oblivion. Nurse-midwifery, college degrees, hospital experience, prescribing privileges, malpractice insurance, transfer protocols and accountability or bust!
    She was a prostitute? I actually met her at some natural birth event I stumbled into once, I remember because I was 7 months pregnant and her name was Rowan (well, not her real name)

    It's apparently a huge issue here... and it's very frustrating how many people are rallying behind her and acting like it wasn't her fault. I love my city, but sometimes I feel like I'm living in a bad Portlandia episode.
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    We had a similar situation in Australia recently (in Adelaide, where I live). A midwife named Lisa Barrett was present at three home births where babies died. As far as I'm aware, she has never been charged and she claimed to be working as a "birth advocate" rather than a midwife. Coronial inquests found that all three deaths were preventable. Two of the births were high risk - one was breech and the other was twins (one of the twins survived).

    Here's a link to the most recent news headline (from February 1, 2013):

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/s...-1226566712748
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