Midwife Arrested in Indiana

Thank you to Jennifer Margulis for this excerpt. Read the full story here

When a car pulled up to her house a little after 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31st, Ireena Keeslar was still in her pajamas.

Ireena and her husband, who keep the Sabbath from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, were just finishing up a late breakfast.

They weren’t expecting any visitors. They certainly weren’t expecting the police.

But Keeslar, who is 49 years old and lives in Howe, Indiana, was put into handcuffs and taken to jail.

She was arrested for practicing midwifery.

Read the rest of the story on Jennifer’s blog.

Melanie Mayo-Laakso


Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.

4 thoughts on “Midwife Arrested in Indiana”

  1. My homebirth midwife was arrested in 1982. There were no homebirth midwives in the Indianapolis area and I had to give birth in the hospital. Nothing has changed in 30 years.

  2. Launa, it should work for you now. The traffic has been so high that it almost crashed the server.

    Thanks for your interest!

  3. Gail, that’s so discouraging, isn’t it? If you are in Indiana, I hope you can go to the courthouse rally to support Ireena next Monday!

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