Originally Posted by MamaInTheBoonies
Who has the right to decide what defines Midwifery? American Midwives?
I stand by my assertion that Midwives should never be required to be licensed.
Birth should never have been allowed to be medicalized nor legalized.
You may well believe that, and I respect your right to hold that belief, BUT...
|They were not acting as midwives, but as people who were helping a mother who did not want to give birth at a hospital or with licensed midwives. Why should they be punished?
Florida law defines "midwifery" as:
"(8) "Midwifery" means the practice of supervising the conduct of a normal labor and childbirth, with the informed consent of the parent; the practice of advising the parents as to the progress of the childbirth; and the practice of rendering prenatal and postpartal care."
Testimony in this case apparently showed (certainly at least to the jury's satisfaction) that these women acted as midwives -- they provided prenatal care, they did vaginal examinations, they listened to FHTs with a Doppler, they provided oxygen to the mother, and they examined the placenta. What's more, they had provided these services to a number of other women. By the definition provided *in Florida law* they were practicing midwifery, and they were doing it without a license.
You are absolutely entitled to your "assertion" that midwives should not be licensed. But the fact of the matter is that the State of Florida *requires* such licensure, and provides penalties for the violation of the law. One may defy that law and -- as in this case -- defy it very badly, but one does so at one's own risk. Like it or not, the law is clear.