For me, Amy, I guess I feel like the overall perception of homebirth in MD is wrapped up in the question of anonymity/secrecy. It certainly isn't a question of whether anyone wants to see another MW with legal troubles. I know I really appreciated the few times one MW in particular was open in the press about midwifery in MD, about the choice to practice without a recognized certification and the limitations that go along with that in other states. It was my understanding that, although CPMs were not recognized in MD they were practicing rather openly - on list serves, wonderfully written interviews, billing for insurance and etc.
Of course things change and perhaps we are going back to a more "underground" situation. But it's OK to not think of this as a good thing -- even with what's going on in MD. If we have a MW who is willing to maintain openness right now that may well be good for HB in the area.
The other thing is that I imagine from your posts that you're a birth professional, intimately involved in HB in MD...but for all we know you're just another MDC member with an opinion, you know? I think being a HB-er, we're prone to saying, "Hey, give us some more information about this." And and asking questions like, "Is being openly secretive a good thing?" "What are our midwives actually saying?"
In a way, the public choice to make discussing midwives in MD an underground thing is guiding the culture of MW in MD as a whole and I think it's reasonable to question that. I know there are a few activists groups in support of Midwifery in MD - I'm sure you and many other MDC members are part of those groups. Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to make an official statement about this?
I am a birth professional, but I don't attend HB in MD. I strongly feel that clients should respect their midwives privacy and what they risk to attend births. It's easy to say 'oh, well, if you want to attend births you're taking on a certain risk' and I think all unlicensed midwives are acutely aware of that risk. I also think that as a HB consumer, it's my responsibility to protect my midwife to the best of my ability. There's a group - MD familes for safe birth I believe is the name. I can't make a statement for them because I'm not on their board/media relations/whathaveyou. Maybe their website has an official statement? I do know that there was a rally a couple of months ago about a bill to legalize CPMs, but I don't believe the bill has gone anywhere. I think that in this area (PA/MD/DE) we have a false sense of security about our midwives and speak openly about them, and it's not always the most prudent decision. Asking the midwives themselves if they mind being publicly named is a better option than naming them and assuming they're okay with it. I'm not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, but these women have a life and families and we need to protect them just like they protect us imo.