Honestly, I think that it is other midwives who are doing this to the profession. Here is why. You have great midwives, responsible ones. You don't change the hearts and minds of lawmakers, of other medical professionals or lay people by telling clients that it's ok to do things that aren't legal "for the cause" or by skirting the laws or by outright breaking them... no, that makes more people look untrustworthy and it puts a target on the backs of the good midwives. It is probably more important now, than ever, to follow the rules, even if they're not something you agree with, because you can build relationships and open doors for more freedom for women. More midwives won't want to be homebirth midwives because they don't want to be a target when someone else does something wrong. It's a catch 22. We can't get more midwives because some of the bad ones but because of the bad ones we need more midwives. How do we fix this? I have no idea, but I feel like we are going to have a hostile environment for CNMs for a while here. It's unfortunate that a community must "pay" for the bad things or even the accidents that have happened. That's something to think about when you're a midwife. Think about how important your role is and how important what you are doing is. Don't take it for granted. Really, the anti-homebirth people in Maryland don't need more ammunition.
My former midwife? She dropped me. She abandoned me as a patient. She chose to do things that weren't legal. She didn't care about me or my baby and she was supposed to be "legal" in my state. She made it almost so that I would have to UC or just go to the ER when I go into labor. It was honestly very close to that. I think that she figured I was so far along I'd just be nice and not make a fuss. She took my money, and she waited until I paid her assistant and THEN she dropped me. I wasn't able to find anything bad about her when I did my searching but I've heard bad things since. People need to file complaints when it is necessary, to protect other women, not to harm them. If that means that she loses her license and her clients can't use her, well I'm ok with that. One has already harassed me about it though.
This whole experience has made myself and my husband not want any more children, we have both said that this week, - is that something we should be thinking about just before the birth of our baby? It's not because midwifery is under attack, but because there were laws put into place to protect us but we were hurt anyway. There are ethical codes that people should have been decent enough to stick to. There is the golden rule, if nothing else, to think about there. Last I heard from her, she said "talk to my lawyer" and hung up. She doesn't have a lawyer, she just wanted me to go away but I am not as stupid as I apparently look.
I'll also say that the "well nothing bad happened to me" and/or "I was ok!" is an invalid argument. We hear it from people who smoke during pregnancy "I did it and my baby is FINE!" or from people who don't use carseats "when I was a kid, I bounced around the back seat, kids these days don't need car seats!!" - but if you were hurt or klled you wouldn't be saying that. The dead can't speak for themselves. Maybe you'd be a small person trying to stand up and say "something bad happened to me!" while people shout over you and tell you that you're bad and wrong for saying anything and that you're hurting the cause. I am sure there are more problems than I have heard of with my midwife, but people don't or can't speak up.
FTR, a licensed massage therapist can't give a massage if his or her license is not valid. Why should a midwife be able to attend a birth if his or her license is not valid? A baby is much more important than a tight muscle.
I have no idea what is going on with Evelyn, I don't know if she did something wrong or not. But I read here that her patients don't know if they'll have a back up or appointments and that is scary.