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.
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.