|Source: The Mandala Journey|
Her license has been suspended because there are doctors in the area who have reported her to the MD Board of Nursing every time she has had a hospital transfer. Obviously, this triggers an investigation. I admit, there is a lot I don't know regarding the politics of midwifery and healthcare. I'm not going to pretend to know all the details and I'm not going to speculate or create a rumor mill. However, I do know that doctors are threatened by the push for more natural, intervention-free births. Birth is a money maker, money in their pockets. Labor & delivery brings in a very large portion of a hospitals income. Midwives are taking their business. I know I left my OB for a more personal, more understanding, more natural approach. Many doctors will admit they have never even witnessed a natural birth and we all know the urge to judge and condemn that with which we are uncomfortable or don't understand.
She had a hearing last week and won't know the results for several weeks. If they need to appeal, it could take months. I know she is heartbroken. I am heartbroken for her. I am saddened by the fact that there are mamas who are due to deliver their babies at any time and their trusted midwife can not accompany them through the process. Her life's work has been put on hold and now these poor women may have their dreams of birth shattered or uprooted. It's so unfortunate.
On a related note, if you live in Maryland and are an advocate for birth outside of hospitals and midwifery, please visit Maryland Families for a Safe Birth. They are in the process of trying to get a bill passed that will license Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) in Maryland (to sign the petition, click here). This will give women more options for prenatal care and alternative birth choices. I have been in contact with them and plan to get involved in their outreach. I hope Maryland can become a more friendly state to midwives and out-of-hospital birth. More importantly, I hope my midwife can go back to what she does best; providing magnificent care to those who so desperately need her.