Judge reluctantly acquits midwife
Calls her behavior 'abhorrent' in Bloomfield baby's death
...Mrs. Wilson was a "certified professional midwife," a category that is sanctioned in 26 states, but not Pennsylvania. To legally practice as a midwife in Pennsylvania, one must be a "certified nurse midwife," which requires extensive medical training. CPMs are specifically trained in out-of-hospital births.
Because they eschew hospital births, Amish and Mennonite communities rely almost exclusively on CPMs or midwives with no certification at all. Several Amish attended past hearings and two midwives were present for yesterday's verdict.
Katherine Prown, of the Big Push for Midwives Campaign, which is advocating for CPMs to be sanctioned in every state, said that the parties in the case would have been spared a seven-year saga if CPMs had been approved here.
"When a state like PA has no mechanism for licensing midwives who specialize in out-of-hospital birth and requiring them to undergo the educational and training process required to earn the CPM credential, it's left up to the criminal courts to investigate and discipline midwives, which takes many years and costs hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars that could be much better spent administrating a licensure program," Dr. Prown wrote in an e-mail....