The statement midwifery (excluding term nurse-midwifery here) has illegal status in Ohio is 100% not true. Not only that, the incorrect statement has potential to become ingrained public opinion and impact the lives of home birth families and midwives negatively (repetitive & carried by voices and journalists who miss doing legal research, public opinion influences neighbors, EMS, medical providers,public officials, etc.). I wish the wrongful cry of the "illegality" of midwifery in Ohio had never begun (was that about 2005?). Hopefully there is some END of it.
I desire for parents eyes open and on it and to not be mislead. neither about the legality of their choosing to have their baby at home, nor to engage the service of a midwife. --> just saying that, in case any one misunderstands my intention!
Sandra Hess, CPM, Traditional midwife