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Arrested Midwife Says She Won’t Deliver Babies in Indiana Anymore


Thank you to Jennifer Margulis for this update on last week’s coverage of Ireena Keeslar, the Indiana midwife who was arrested for practicing midwifery.


Read the full post on Jennifer’s blog.


(April 13, 2012) Ireena Keeslar, 49, a certified professional midwife (CPM) announced today that she will no longer attend homebirths in Indiana.


In Indiana it is a felony for certified professional midwives, like Keeslar, to attend homebirths.


“We have defined the delivery of babies as the practice of medicine,” said Representative Tim Brown, M.D., 56, an emergency room doctor who is chair of the Public Health Committee in the Indiana House of Representatives, and who currently opposes the bill to license certified professional midwives.


“That’s the law,” Brown said.


Like many doctors in Indiana, Brown believes CPMs are not qualified.


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