Beware: Unlicensed Midwives Kill Babies

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Health Editor’s Note: The U.S. is considered one of the most unsafe places to give birth even though it is considered a developed country.  Maternal deaths have been rising. The push for “at home births” can only increase this death rate for both mothers and babies. Not all deliveries go in a textbook fashion due to many factors that can exist or arise.  Deaths of mothers and newborns are unacceptable. To make money from unsafe births is unconscionable. Read this article published by The Daily Beast…Carol

Two Babies Die in Care of Conspiracy-Minded Midwives Who Belonged to PMAs

by Kelly Weill Reporter for The Daily Beast

They claim to work above the law. Meanwhile, two of their clients’ newborns are six feet under.

Within a month of each other, two infants in Nebraska and Indiana died during home births performed by unlicensed midwives, officials in those states allege. Both midwives presented themselves as members of “private membership associations”—groups they claimed allowed them to practice midwifery independent of laws and medical regulations.

PMAs aren’t a real legal entity. They’re a conspiracy-flavored creation that has nonetheless drawn a wide circle of unlicensed birth assistants and expectant parents seeking an alternative to expensive hospital births.

But sometimes the cost is the baby’s life.

On June 15, Omaha Fire Department medics arrived at a home to find an unlicensed midwife holding a half-delivered baby. The baby was coming out feet first, a dangerous delivery method. The midwife, Angela Hock, allegedly told the mother she was trained in delivering babies in this position.

In reality, prosecutors say, Hock wasn’t trained at all. Instead, she allegedly charged the mother between $3,000 and $4,000 to deliver the baby at home, in violation of Nebraska law. The baby was cut off from oxygen during the delivery, and died two days later.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, I’m dumber for having read this article, and the idiotic comment at the end of it. Thank God for midwives and all that they so competently do. They are a much needed service to women in a time when what is called healthcare is not healthy nor affordable to anyone, to say nothing of the toxic immunizations and more these charlatans inject into these extremely fragile souls.

  2. A note to men, watching the birth(s) of your children is hazardous. To see your child exit an organ that you thought you had some knowledge of is absolutely mind blowing. Of course you want all the practice of modern medicine available and not some Quack. Forget any classes to prepare you for the miracle of birth. Watch the movie Alien instead. There was a reason that men passed out cigars in the waiting room to other men. Because they were not stupid enough to watch live birth with the women. Leave that viewing birth to those with the proper hormones to deal with watching babies being born. To prepare for the moment; go find a nice humidour.

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